New Priests Receive Appointments from Cardinal

June 23, 2011

Five new priests will begin serving their first appointments next month, after being ordained on June 18. The men received their appointments from Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, at the conclusion of their ordination, where more than 2,000 priests, family and friends filled the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The new priests begin their assignments on July 6, 2011.

Rev. Michael Paris, 28, from Columbia, Maryland, will serve as Parochial Vicar at St. Patrick in Rockville, MD. Father Paris 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 celebrated his first Mass at St. Mary of the Mills Church in Laurel on June 19.

Rev. William Carloni, 32, will serve as Parochial Vicar at Mother Seton in Germantown, MD. Father Carloni 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 celebrated his first Mass at Mother Seton Church in Germantown on June 19.

Rev. Alejandro Diaz, 49, will serve as Parochial Vicar at St. Martin of Tours in Gaithersburg, MD. Father Diaz 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 celebrated his first Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, DC, on June 19.

Rev. Agustin Lopez-Espinoso, 36, will serve as Parochial Vicar at St. Raphael in Rockville. Father Lopez 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 celebrated his first Mass at St. Bernadine of Siena in Suitland on June 19.

Rev. Rodolfo Salinas-Cabrera, 54, will serve as Parochial Vicar at St. Peter in Waldorf. Father Salinas 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 celebrated his first Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, DC, on June 19.

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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