Cardinal Gregory to Ordain One Man to the Priesthood, Seven to the Transitional Diaconate on Saturday

On Saturday, June 19 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington Cardinal Wilton Gregory will ordain Nicholas Morrison to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Washington, as well as seven men to the transitional diaconate, the step before their Ordination to the priesthood next year.

Eucharistic Holy Hours for Vocations are being held at 58 parishes throughout the archdiocese to pray for the Ordinandi as they prepare for their Ordination. Holy Hour is a devotion in the Catholic Church for individuals to pray in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.

Nicholas Morrison, 26, is a parishioner of St. John Neumann in Gaithersburg. One of seven siblings, Nicholas has one brother who is a priest – Fr. James Morrison, of Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Bethesda – and another brother who is a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Washington. Along with his other six siblings, he was homeschooled through high school. He attended the Archdiocese of Washington’s Quo Vadis retreat, and the experience, along with a growing prayer life and the witness of his older brother’s vocation, convinced Nicholas to enter the seminary. As part of the archdiocese’s Ride for Vocations, Nicholas completed his first 100-mile bike ride.

Fr. Nicholas Morrison’s first public Mass will take place on Sunday, June 27 at St. John Neumann in Gaithersburg.