Ordination season is upon us

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  • April 17, 2007
TORONTO - Like the tulips defying the last gasps of winter, preparations for ordinations are another sure sign of spring in Toronto.
At 10 a.m. May 12 at St. Michael’s Cathedral Archbishop Thomas Collins will ordain two graduates of St. Augustine’s Seminary and four graduates of the Redemptoris Mater Seminary operated by the Neocatechumenate out of St. Augustine’s.

Ivan Camilleri, 37, and Ignacio Pinedo, 47, will be the St. Augustine’s men receiving Holy Orders. From Redemptoris Mater, Giuseppe Scollo, 28, Jorge Lopez, 29, Jorge Aviles, 34, and Leo Llames, 41, will be ordained.

St. Augustine’s rector Msgr. Robert Nusca expects to see a full cathedral that Saturday morning.

“This is a very happy occasion,” said Nusca. “People have prayed for them (the candidates). People know them, at least by their association with a parish. People have heard them preach, or maybe they’ve seen their stories in The Catholic Register,” said Nusca.

There’s no reason why anyone in Toronto shouldn’t think of themselves as invited to an event that’s all about the future of the archdiocese, according to Nusca.

The Jesuits of English-speaking Canada were to ordain one of their own to the priesthood April 14 at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Lourdes on Sherbourne St. Toronto Auxiliary Bishop John Boissonneau will lay hands on 36-year-old Jesuit John Sullivan, who began his formation in August 1995.

Jesuit Father Joe Schner, president of Regis College, the graduate theological school where Sullivan studied for his Master of Divinity, believes ordinations are an important occasion for the whole Catholic community.

“You know, these guys are not being ordained priests or deacons for their own good,” said Schner. “But to serve the people. That’s what encourages them, and it’s not an easy thing for them to be doing these days.”

Along with Sullivan, two Haitian Jesuits will also be ordained to the diaconate at Our Lady of Lourdes April 14. Pierre Coicou and Jean Maxene-Joaxile are studying at Regis.

The Oblates of Mary Immaculate have already ordained their one priestly candidate for this year. Paul Ratajczak was ordained by Archbishop Adam Exner, the Oblate archbishop-emeritus of Vancouver, Jan. 24.

Oblate provincial Fr. Janusz Blazejak says the young men who get through the education and formation all the way to ordination today are first class.

“I am impressed with them,” he told The Catholic Register. “I’m very happy with them. They are young, energetic, faithful. It’s a new type of people and vocations coming in. I am so impressed.”

A graduate of Toronto’s University of St. Michael’s College, Allan Zobler of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales will be ordained at Jesu parish in Toledo, Ohio, by Bishop Leonard Blair June 30. Following his four years of study at St. Michael’s, Zobler will be assigned by his order to teach high school in Toledo.

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