Five Men Ordained to the Priesthood

May 28, 2005

More than 1,600 friends and family members filled the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC earlier today as Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, ordained five men as priests.

They were among 63 who studied for the priesthood with the Archdiocese of Washington this year and include a former salesman who also likes to surf and do stand-up comedy; a marathon runner and founder of a “boot camp”-style fitness training company; a native of Italy; a Bethesda native who entered the seminary out of high school; and a graduate of The Catholic University of America:

Emanuele De Nigris, 29, was born in Ivrea, Italy, near Turin. The oldest of ten children, he has attended six World Youth Days and came to the United States in 1996 to study for the priesthood. After college at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, he completed his theological studies at the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Takoma Park, MD. Graduates of this seminary are missionary priests for the Archdiocese and may receive assignments in other nations during their priesthood in addition to serving in the local area. He speaks three languages: English, Italian and Spanish.

Kyle T. Ingels, 27, is a native of Colorado Springs, CO. He was drawn to the priesthood through the good example of some priests at The Catholic University of America, his alma mater. Before entering Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, he worked as a regional director of admissions for Catholic University for one year. He has one sister and speaks both English and Spanish.

Adam Y. Park, 25, is a native of Bethesda, Maryland. His family belongs to St. Andrew Kim parish in Olney. After graduating from Walt Whitman High School in 1997, he entered college seminary at St. Pius X Seminary at the University of Scranton in Dalton, Pennsylvania. He completed his seminary studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He is one of two children and speaks English, Italian and Korean.

Mark L. Smith, 40, ran a successful fitness company before entering the seminary. This Rockville, Maryland native attended St. Mary’s elementary school, Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Wheaton and Towson University. After his graduation from Towson, he founded and operated Fitness Corps, a “boot camp”-style fitness training company. He also has run the Marine Corps Marathon as a member of the “Priests’ Heart” team to raise awareness and support for priestly vocations. Mark completed his seminary studies at Immaculate Conception Seminary in South Orange, New Jersey. He is one of 11 children.

Thomas M. Woods, 39, is a native of Bowie, Maryland. After graduating from Salisbury University on the Eastern Shore in 1988, he began an 11-year career in sales – mortgages, cars, institutional food and home improvements before entering the seminary. He also has pursued diverse hobbies, such as surfing and stand-up comedy. The fourth of five children, he completed his seminary studies at Mt. St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg, MD.

The Archdiocese of Washington is home to 560,000 Catholics living in Washington, DC and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.

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Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
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