Five Men to be Ordained Priests for the Archdiocese of Washington

June 13, 2011

A native of Colombia who spent over 20 years working in the financial industry, the son of two high school teachers who had planned to follow in his parents’ footsteps and a native of Ecuador with a degree in industrial engineering are among five men being ordained priests for the Archdiocese of Washington this Saturday by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington:

Mass of Ordination
Saturday, June 18, 2011
10:00 a.m.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, DC

More than 2,000 priests, family and friends are expected to fill the Basilica for the ordination. The men are among 67 who are preparing to become priests for the Archdiocese of Washington; seminary studies typically take five or more years.

Michael Paris, 28, from Columbia, Maryland, was baptized Catholic but drifted away from his faith until age 19 when he was confirmed. A year later he began to consider the priesthood. He worked as a package handler for UPS before attending college seminary at St. John Neumann Seminary College in Yonkers, New York. He finished his priestly formation at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He has three brothers and three sisters. Father Paris will celebrate his first Mass at St. Mary of the Mills Church in Laurel on June 19 at 2 p.m.

William Carloni, 32, was born in Italy and moved to the United States with his family at age four, then grew up in Denver, Colorado. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history with a minor in mathematics from the Metropolitan State College of Denver. His parents are both high school teachers and he also planned to become a high school teacher before he felt he was called to the priesthood. His great uncle is also a priest. He has attended Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Hyattsville since 2003. He is fluent in Italian, Spanish and French. Father Carloni will celebrate his first Mass at Mother Seton Church in Germantown on June 19 at 12:15 p.m.

Alejandro Diaz, 49, was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in administration and a Master of Science degree in finance and marketing. He spent more than 20 years working in the financial industry in Colombia and Canada before leaving his family, friends and work behind to become a priest. He entered the seminary at Theological College in Washington, DC, and finished his seminary formation at Blessed John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Massachusetts. He first considered becoming a priest at age 12, and has enjoyed attending daily Mass and adoration from a very young age. His vocation was particularly influenced by his parish priest in Bogota. Father Diaz will celebrate his first Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, DC, on June 19 at 10 a.m.

Agustin Lopez-Espinoso, 36, was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador, and came to the United States at age 26. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree in industrial engineering from the University San Francisco of Quito, while working for a variety of companies implementing quality management systems. After graduating, he came to the United States and entered Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Hyattsville in 2002. He first considered the priesthood at age 24. He was influenced by Pope John Paul II upon hearing him tell World Youth Day pilgrims “Do not be afraid” to accept the call to follow Jesus. Father Lopez will celebrate his first Mass at St. Bernadine of Siena in Suitland on June 19 at 9:30 a.m.

Rodolfo Salinas-Cabrera, 54, is a native of Lima, Peru, who came to the United States at age 27. He spent three years at the University of Maryland as a program manager specialist and seven years as a research coordinator in the School of Public Health. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Maryland and received his priestly formation at Blessed John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Massachusetts. Father Salinas will celebrate his first Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, DC, on June 19 at 7 a.m. (English) and 1 p.m. (Spanish).

The Archdiocese of Washington includes 140 parishes and 590,000 Catholics in Washington, DC, and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.

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