Five Men to be Ordained Catholic Priests for Archdiocese of Washington

May 15, 2002

Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, will ordain five men to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Washington during a Mass held:

Saturday, May 25, 2002
10:00 a.m.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, DC

The men being ordained are among 47 who studied for priesthood with the Archdiocese of Washington this year, a number that is expected to rise next year. Preparation for priesthood typically ranges from five to eight years. Following are brief bios for each of the Washington men:

Roberto Cortés-Campos, 37, was raised in Managua, Nicaragua. One of eight children, he entered the United States in 1985 and worked in maintenance and customer service, primarily with Marriott, for nine years. He also was a news editor and on air personality for Spanish radio, WMET, from 1989-1990. Roberto attended St. John Vianney College Seminary in Florida from 1995-1998 before completing his theological studies at the North American College in Rome, Italy from 1998-2002. His summer assignments have included ministry at St. Bernard, Riverdale; St. Peter, Waldorf; and St. Peter, Olney.

Timothy McMorland, 30, was a paralegal and then a missionary in South Africa who taught high school after earning his B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1993. He entered Theological College in 1996 and then completed theological studies at North American College in Rome, Italy from 1998-2002. One of two children, he was born in California and attended public elementary schools in New Jersey and Michigan and St. Francis de Sales High School in Toledo, Ohio. His summer assignments have included St. Martin of Tours, Gaithersburg; Sacred Heart, LaPlata; and St. Ann, Washington, DC.

Francisco Javier Santaballa, 31, is a native of Madrid, Spain, where his family still lives. Javier and his family were spending a year in California as missionaries when he felt a call to the priesthood. He received a B.A. from Caldwell College in New Jersey, then entered Redemptoris Mater Missionary Seminary in Newark, New Jersey. Last year, when Cardinal McCarrick opened a similar seminary in the Archdiocese of Washington, Javier transferred, becoming the first seminarian at the new seminary. Working as part of a team with a priest and lay people, he has assisted with religious education in parishes in Louisiana, Hawaii and Guam as part of his seminary work.

Donald Paul Sullins, 49, is an assistant professor of sociology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Paul previously had been an Episcopal priest who served as a pastor and rector of several churches in the Baltimore area, was a teacher and principal, and was director of a soup kitchen and homeless shelter in Baltimore. He and his family came into the Catholic Church in 1998. He received an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Catholic University in 1995 and 1998, respectively.

Scott Woods, 27, came into the Catholic Church while a freshman at Archbishop Carroll High School in Northeast Washington, DC, years after he began saying he wanted to be a Catholic priest. After completing high school, Scott entered St. Pius X College Seminary in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He then studied theology at Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, from 1998-2002. His summer assignments have been at Mt. Calvary, Forestville; St. Teresa of Avila, Southeast Washington, DC; St. Bernadette, Silver Spring; and St. Aloysius, Leonardtown. One of two children, he is a member of St. Gabriel parish, at Grant Circle in Northwest Washington, DC.

Susan Gibbs
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