Mass of Priesthood Ordination


With praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God, the Archdiocese of Washington joyfully announces the ordination of our new priests!

The Mass of Ordination takes place June 15, 2024, at 10:00 AM EDT at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Watch the recording of the Mass below and on our YouTube channel.

(video coming soon)

Local parishes throughout MD and DC will host Holy Hours in the weeks prior to the 2024 ordination. We invite you to come pray before the Most Blessed Sacrament for the men who will become priests. Visit the Office of Priest Vocations website for more ways to pray for vocations!

Our New Priests

Benjamin Bralove

Deacon Bralove’s home church is the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament. He converted to Catholicism and worked as an Emergency Room (ER) doctor. He attended Cornell University and Boston University School of Medicine.

James Fangmeyer, Jr.

Deacon Fangmeyer’s home church is St. Patrick in Rockville. He grew up in Rockville, MD, and attended the University of Pennsylvania. One of Deacon Fangmeyer’s goals is to attend Mass at every parish in the Archdiocese of Washington.

Christopher Feist

Deacon Feist’s home church is St. Aloysius Gonzaga in Leonardtown, MD. He attended The Catholic University of America. He served in the Armed Forces of the United States. Deacon Feist serves as a Chaplain Candidate Program Officer (CCPO) in the Navy Reserves and plays the violin.

Fidele Bimenyimana

Deacon Bimenyimana is from Rwanda, East Africa. He is the youngest of five children and a member of the Neo-catechumenal Way in which he received a call from God to the priesthood. His ADW home parish is Our Lady of Sorrows in Takoma Park, MD. Deacon Bimenyimana has a special devotion to Our Lady of Kibeho.

Joseph Gonzalez

Joseph Gonzalez is from Washington, DC. His home church is Our Lady of Sorrows in Takoma Park. He served in the Armed Forces of the United States. Joseph has led and participated in pilgrimages to four World Youth Days and three mission trips to Central America.

Conor Hardy

Deacon Hardy’s home church is the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament. He was born in Washington, D.C., and attended St. John’s University and The Catholic University of America. Deacon Hardy was a DC police officer and a fourth-grade teacher in Potomac, MD.

Joseph Heisey

Deacon Heisey is from Monterey, CA. His home parish is St. George, Valley Lee. He has seven siblings and attended The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. He served in the Armed Forces of the United States. Deacon Heisey plans to be an Army chaplain.

Joseph McHenry

Deacon McHenry’s ADW home parish is Our Lady of Mercy in Potomac, MD. He attended St. John’s University and The Catholic University of America. He spent four years as a Dominican friar. Deacon McHenry received a Licentiate in Philosophy.

Thong Nguyen

Deacon Nguyen grew up in Vietnam. He has volunteered for the Education for the Poor, Boat People SOS, and the Coalition to Abolish Modern-day Slavery in Asia, working with human rights organizations to advocate for freedom of religion, human rights, and anti-trafficking. Our Lady of Vietnam in Silver Spring, MD, is his ADW home parish.

Dylan Prentice

Deacon Prentice’s home parish is St. Martin of Tours, Gaithersburg, MD. He attended DePauw University and Southern Methodist University. He has a bachelor’s degree in Music in Voice Performance.  Deacon Prentice studied and performed opera.

Benedict Radich

Deacon Radich grew up in Montgomery County, MD. His home parish is St. Patrick and Shrine of St. Jude in Rockville, MD. Growing up, he involved himself in several youth groups and religiously attended almost every Quo Vadis event. Deacon Radich attended The Catholic University of America.

Nathaniel Roberts

Deacon Roberts grew up in Key West, FL. St. Jerome Catholic Church in Hyattsville, MD is his home parish in the Archdiocese of Washington. He attended Florida Keys Community College and Thomas Aquinas College.

Isaac Sagastume

Deacon Sagastume is from Costa Rica. His home parish is St. John the Evangelist, New Jersey. His mom brought him to the Neocatechumenal Way where he began to have encounters with the Lord. Deacon Sagastume attended Redemptoris Mater Seminary.

John Winslow

Deacon Winslow’s home parish is St. John Francis Regis in Hollywood MD. He has two sisters and while attending high school, he fell deeper in love with Christ and His priesthood and entered seminary after graduating. Deacon Winslow has attended Saint John Paul II Seminary, Theological College, and Mount St. Mary’s Seminary.

Stephen Wong

Deacon Wong was born in Jamaica. Saint Peter’s Church on Capitol Hill is his home parish in the Archdiocese of Washington. He served in the Armed Forces of the United States. Deacon Wong attended the University of the State of New York in Albany, NY, and Theological College in Washington D.C.

Greg Zingler

Deacon Zingler grew up in Medford Lakes, NJ. St. Francis de Sales is his home parish in the Archdiocese of Washington.  He attended the U.S. Naval Academy and served in the Armed Forces of the United States. He attended Pope Saint John XXIII National Seminary. Deacon Zingler volunteers with Missionaries of Charity.