Mass of Ordination to the Priesthood

On June 20 at 10:00 am, eight men will be ordained as priests for the Archdiocese of Washington. Though the ordination is not open to the public, please join us via livestream here! Read more about these eight men below.

Patrick Saguros Agustin

First Mass: Saint Columba Catholic Church in Oxon Hill, MD on June 21, 2020 at noon.

Home Parish: Saint Columba, Oxon Hill, MD

My life before the seminary:
Growing up in a Filipino family, the Catholic faith was always present in our home.  We went to Mass together as a family every Sunday, prayed the Rosary on the way to school, and attended the weekly novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help at my home parish of Saint Columba.  From the second grade on, I attended Catholic school at Saint Columba, and it was there (and at home) that I learned the basic foundation of the Church’s teachings.  In grade school, I became an altar server, and it was then that the potential for a vocation to the priesthood was introduced to me.  Priests and parishioners would say, “One day you’ll become a priest.”  I thought they said that to everyone!  I continued my Catholic education at Bishop McNamara High School, where I continued to learn and practice the faith.  I went on to study Finance and International Business at the University of Maryland, College Park.  I became involved with the Catholic Student Center (CSC) and the FOCUS missionary group there, under the then-chaplain Fr. Bill Byrne.  I participated in weekly Adoration, Bible studies, discipleship, and vocations dinners.  Although many of my peers were entering the seminary at that time, I did not feel a strong call to discern the priesthood.  After graduating, I worked as a financial analyst, first at Fannie Mae in Washington, D.C., then at Sony Pictures Entertainment in Los Angeles, CA. During my time in LA, one of the FOCUS missionaries from the University of Maryland invited me to his transitional diaconate ordination.  My life changed after that ordination weekend; it was after that that I heard God calling me to discern the priesthood.

What convinced me to enter the seminary:
What drew me to the priesthood at first was the selflessness of the men in this vocation – as evidenced by the charism of celibacy and their making themselves available to their people in their happiest moments and their saddest moments.  Now many years into priestly formation, what keeps me drawn to the priesthood has deepened – a desire to conform my life to Christ so that I can be “another Christ”; that is, to act “in persona Christi” in order to preach the Gospel and bring His love and mercy to the world, especially through the Sacraments.

Other interests include:
I enjoy singing, exercising, surfing, and hiking.

Nathanael Anderson

First Mass: Saint Columba Catholic Church in Oxon Hill, MD on June 21, 2020 at 9 am.

Home Parish: St. Peter’s on Capitol Hill

My life before the seminary:
I was raised in a protestant family in which faith in Jesus Christ was the most important part of life. I chose to be baptized at nine and read the Bible the following year. In College I had difficulty reconciling my charismatic and anti-institutional faith with my cofidence in philosophy and the western tradition. I read a lot of C.S. Lewis, as well as other authors like Blaise Pascal, Soren Kierkegaard, and Fyodor Dostoevsky. When I read Pope Benedict’s Regensberg address by chance shortly after graduation I was brought to tears, but I still did not believe that his anti-voluntaristic reconciliation of faith and reason was true. My interest in politics and religion brought me to Catholic apologetics. My own sinful failings brought me to to saying the Rosary one night, which opened the floodgates to God’s mercy. The sacraments revived my soul, and I soon found myself wanting to become a priest.

What convinced me to enter the seminary:
I think all practicing Catholics are drawn to the priesthood to some extent, as St. Therese of Lisieux was. Beyond what draws everyone (saying Holy Mass, interceeding for sinners, leading others in spiritual battles, the potential for another sort of nearness to Christ etc.), it was simply the growing awareness that our Lord was asking me to become a priest.

Other interests include:
Running. Learning about liturgy. Reading novels. Learning Greek and Latin. Learning how to chant.

James Glasgow

First Mass: St. Peter’s Parish in Olney, MD on June 21, 2020 at 11 am.

Home Parish: St. Peter’s Parish, Olney, MD

My life before the seminary:
By God’s grace, I grew up in a home of wonderful parents and siblings, with Christ as the center around which our lives revolved. With my parents frequently inviting priests to our home, their presence and witness of Christ steadily disposed me to the real possibility that I could be a priest. But above any particular vocation, my parents have always been clear about the universal call to holiness: we are made to be saints! Thus by their example, friendship with Jesus Christ assumed and continues to assume the primary goal in my life – thanks be to God.

What convinced me to enter the seminary:
Every person is called to love. A vocation to the priesthood, religious life, marriage, or consecrated life becomes the formal structure through which a life of self-less love can be realized. After discerning marriage in college, it became clear to me that Christ desires me to love as He loves – as a priest!

Other interests include:
I love being in the mountains, for hiking or skiing (or even just sitting there breathing and wide-eyed!). I also recently picked up writing poetry, which is quite enjoyable – highly recommended!

Jeremy W. Hammond

First Mass: Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Washington, DC on June 21, 2020 at 10:30 am.
Home Parish: St. Virgil’s Parish, Morris Plains, NJ

Local Second Home Parish: St. Catherine Labouré, Wheaton, MD

My life before the seminary:
Raised a Catholic, I have always been around church. Family turmoil, however, didn’t allow faith to grow as I approached adolescence. By middle school, life lacked meaning. Precisely then, the catecheses of the Neocatechumenal Way were offered in my hometown. Those strangers announced that God loved me. That I should be loved by anyone had become unfathomable. Their words were such a paradox that I couldn’t escape them. Through life in my small community, and with the help of catechists, faith began once more to grow, to the point that even an attraction to the priesthood, experienced as a small child, returned. After six years, motivated by a deep-rooted gratitude, I entered the seminary. By God’s grace I stayed there.

What convinced me to enter the seminary:
As a young child I was drawn toward church and enjoyed it. It inspired myriad curiosities. As certain situations grew worse, however, these were forgotten. Then, as a teenager, I came to experience a deep gratitude toward God for allowing me to experience reconciliation, hope and happiness after a less-than-ideal childhood and in the midst of conflict in my family. Indispensably, these graces reached me through the Neocatechumenal Way. During a pilgrimage with other youth from the Way to Sydney, Australia for World Youth Day, I was inspired to consider a vocation to the priesthood after hearing one of the charism’s co-initiators speak.

Other interests include:
Creative Writing, Reading (especially theology, Cold War-era history, biographies and ecclesiastical art), Musical Composition, Casual baseball and football.

Emanuel Pedro Daniel Lucero

First Mass: Saint John the Evangelist in Clinton, MD on June 21, 2020 at noon.

Home Parish: Nuestra Señora de Luján in Neuquén, Argentina

Local Second Home Parish: Our Lady Queen of Peace, SE Washington

My life before the seminary:
The faith that I have received comes from my parents. They always reminded me and my seven siblings that they received this faith as a gift from the Church through the announcement of the kerygma in the itinerary of Christian formation founded on the tripod “Word of God-Liturgy-Community”, through the Neo-catechumenal Way which I continue to this day. I experienced that God is a Father, that He provides, and never abandones me.

What convinced me to enter the seminary:
Conversations with Father Rubén Rueda and the local catechists from the Neocatechumenal Way was the beginning of priesthood discernment. I attended the vocational center carried out by a priest formed in the Redemptoris Mater Missionary Seminary and the itinerant catechist of Argentina, from Spain. They helped me to discern more deeply about my vocation. I stood up for the priesthood during the annual convivence (retreat) with my community in Argentina. Then, I was sent to the Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary Redemptoris Mater of Washington.

Other interests include:
Playing charango

James Morrison

First Mass: St. John Neumann in Gaithersburg, MD on June 21, 2020 at 11:30 am.

Home Parishes: St. Bernadette in Silver Spring, MD and St. John Neumann in Gaithersburg, MD

My life before the seminary:
My faith journey was a subtle path of daily Mass and frequent trips to Adoration throughout middle school and high school.  The Homeschool community also played an important role in supporting this direction with positive peer influences.

What convinced me to enter the seminary:
I can remember being inspired by our parish priests as a child. My parents would frequently invite these men to our home for dinner and this allowed us to come to know them a personal way. When the question of discernment entered my mind in high school, the joy of these priests made the priesthood very attractive to me and began speaking to a priest in spiritual direction about the possibility entering seminary. This decision was further confirmed in my heart by visits to the Blessed Sacrament in Adoration

Other interests include:
I am learning to play the guitar and I also enjoy ultimate frisbee on a local city league.

Francisco Rodríguez

First Mass: St. Catherine Labouré in Wheaton, MD on June 21, 2020 at 10:30 am.

Home Parish: St. Aloysius, Newark, NJ

Local Second Home Parish: Our Lady of Sorrows, Takoma Park, MD

My life before the seminary:
I grew up very close to the church, especially since my family was (and still is) a missionary family. I have attended Mass every Sunday and celebrated the Liturgy of the Word every Wednesday through the Neocatechumenal Communities. In addition, I would have a Sunday retreat with my community every month. The Neocatechumenal Way has been instrumental for my formation as a Christian. I grew up doing Morning Prayer every Sunday with my entire family. This allowed us to have a relationship with God as a family. All this helped to create a real relationship with him. This joy caused in me a desire for God.

What convinced me to enter the seminary:
Since 2005, I have had the privilege to go to the World Youth Days, which were pilgrimages of about 7 to 15 days. In the World Youth Day of 2005, in Germany I first felt called to the priesthood. I decided that I prefered to get married and disregarded the call. Then with the help of lay catechists, who began to nourish the call I had received, I felt called again in the World Youth Day of Australia (2008) and it was confirmed in a Youth Meeting in Newark, NJ.

Other interests include:
Soccer and music (playing the violin and guitar).

Deacon Stefan Yap

First Mass: Holy Redeemer in College Park, MD on June 21, 2020 at noon.

Home Parish: St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, East Brunswick, NJ

Local Second Home Parishes: Holy Redeemer in College Park, MD and Catholic Student Center at the University of Maryland.

My life before the seminary:
I grew up as a cradle Catholic in New York and New Jersey.  In middle school and high school my family began to participate in a charistmatic filipino famiy group named Couple For Christ.  This became a big part of my foundaiton in the faith.  When I went to college at the University of Maryland College Park, I left the practicing of the faith my freshman and sophomore year.  After meeting Fr. Rob Walsh, the campus chaplain, he began to invite me to the Catholic Student Center and challenge me in the faith.  It was during my last three years of college where I began to come back to the faith, by going to confession more regularly and going to daily Mass. During Holy Thursday Mass, during the elevation of the Host, I heard deep within myself a question, “Will you be my priest?”  It was this question that would spark a long line of questions about discernment and my future after college.  After beginning spiritual direction with Fr. Rob, he got me in contact with the vocation director of the Archdiocese of Washington. Towards the end of my time in college, I was left with two decisions, to enter seminary or work.  The moment I got the call from the Archdiocese that I was accepted into seminary, I felt an overwhelming amount of peace and joy.  I knew at that moment that I would have to decline the job that I had waiting for me after college and enter seminary.  And I haven’t looked back since.

What convinced me to enter the seminary:
The biggest thing that drew me to the priesthood were the Sacraments, especially Mass and Confession.  What made it more concrete was getting to know priest on a personal level.  They were normal guys.  Growing up I thought that they were just some guy that was up in the sanctuary that I could not relate with.  The priests I met in college changed that and watching them sacrifice for the people they were serving was attractive to me and after college it “just made sense”.

Other interests include:
My hobbies consist in playing sports namely, volleyball, frisbee, and soccer.  I enjoy technology and fixing it as well.  If I’m not reading something spiritual or theological, I’m most likely reading something about tech or mathmatical theory.  Algorithms and game theory are a lot of fun.

Event Details

Date & Time

2020-06-20

Organizer

Venue

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC 20064, USA

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