Cardinal Wuerl to Ordain Five Men to the Priesthood

June 08, 2012

The Archdiocese of Washington is blessed to have five seminarians who will be ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington. More than 2,000 priests, family and friends are expected to fill the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for the ordination. The men are among 70 who are preparing to become priests for the Archdiocese of Washington; seminary studies typically take five or more years.

Mass of Ordination
Saturday, June 16th, 2012
10:00 a.m.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, DC

Dan Carson, 44, from Bowie, graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park and worked at the White House, on Capitol Hill, on Wall Street, and in a major consulting firm before entering seminary. “Although I loved my career, I was never fulfilled and I believe whatever vocation God intends for a person we are meant to be fulfilled in that calling. Although I first thought about the priesthood at age 13, it wasn’t until age 38 that I opened my heart to Christ and asked the question if I am meant to be a priest and finally took the steps to seek the answer.” He has studied at Theological College since 2006. Father Carson will celebrate his first Mass on June 17, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. at St. Mark the Evangelist in Hyattsville.

Patrick Lewis, 29, from Silver Spring, began to discern a vocation to the priesthood at five years old. “I first thought about the priesthood at five years old, discerning the question for kindergarten graduation, ‘What would you like to be when you grow up?’ The biggest draw was simply the fact that, at various points throughout my life, I strongly felt the Lord asking me to give myself to him as a priest. That sense…grew stronger over time. Particularly, I felt drawn to offer the sacrifice of the Mass and be an instrument of God’s mercy in the confessional.” Patrick studied at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary before attending the Pontifical North American College in Rome. Father Lewis will celebrate his first Mass on June 17, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Bernadette in Silver Spring.

Mario Majano, 25, from Gaithersburg, is the youngest of the five seminarians being ordained in the archdiocese this year. Mario was eight years old when he first thought about the priesthood, but it wasn’t until he met a priest at his parish that he began to seriously consider it. “My family and many priests from the Archdiocese of Washington were influential. One in particular would be Fr. Dan Leary, who stepped into my life in a very crucial time and taught me much about the Christian life and about the joys and sacrifices of the priest.” Mario studied at St. John Neumann in Yonkers, New York, before attending the Pontifical North American College in Rome. Mario has four sisters, and he is fluent in Spanish, Italian and French. Father Majano will celebrate his first Mass on June 17, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. at St. Martin of Tours in Gaithersburg.

Michal Sajnóg, 31, from Starachowice, Swiêtokrzyskie, Poland, has studied at the Redemptoris Mater Missionary Seminary since 2001. “I joined the Seminary right after high school. I was sent to the Seminary of Washington on September 11, 2001. There are many things that drew me to the priesthood. However, if I am to choose the most important one, I think it is the gratitude for all that God has done in my life. I have often experienced that saying ‘Yes’ to the Lord grants me many graces. I also saw the example of many holy priests which further stirred the desire in me to become one.” Michal is fluent in Polish, Spanish and Italian, and has 2 brothers and 1 sister. Father Sajnóg will celebrate his first Mass on June 17, 2012, at 12:30 p.m. at the Shrine of St. Jude in Rockville.

Saulo Vicente, 29, from Franco, Sao Paulo, Brazil, has studied at the Redemptoris Mater Seminary of Washington since 2003. He previously worked at the Brazilian government’s Bureau of Planning, and is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and Italian. “While in my junior year in high school, I felt the call to the priesthood. Then, I entered college with the major in Information Science. I left college halfway through in order to enter the seminary Redemptoris Mater here in Washington, DC…. What drew me to the priesthood was to see the immense joy of many priests around me. In addition, I saw that God was calling me to serve the people of God, and to be able to do for them the same that God through Church did for me.” Father Vicente will celebrate his first Mass on June 17, 2012, at noon at Our Lady of Lourdes in Bethesda.

The Archdiocese of Washington is home to over 600,000 Catholics, 140 parishes and 98 Catholic schools, located in Washington, DC, and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.

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