Mass of Priesthood Ordination

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

The Mass of Ordination will take place June 18, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. EDT at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The Mass will be recorded and posted here and on our YouTube channel later that day.

We invite you to join us in prayer for these men who will be ordained. Local parishes throughout MD and DC will host Holy Hours in the weeks prior to the ordination.


Gerald Andrews

Gerald Nicholas Andrews – Gerald’s Archdiocese of Washington home parish is St. Andrew the Apostle in Silver Spring, MD. He attended St. John Paul II and Mount St. Mary’s seminaries. One of seven siblings, Gerald and his siblings were raised in the Catholic faith, attending Sunday Mass and praying the Rosary. Many priests, religious brothers, and other young men showed him the great value of friendship with Christ the life of virtue. His faith grew during college when he began attending daily Mass and Adoration, which prepared him to receive and embrace the call to the priesthood. Before the seminary, Gerald studied aerospace engineering in college and acted in several of Shakespeare’s plays with his homeschool Shakespeare group in High School. Gerald enjoys rock climbing and other outdoor activities, reading, and playing the tin whistle.

 

Ryan BraamRyan J. Braam – Ryan’s Archdiocese of Washington home parish is St. Aloysius Gonzaga in Leonardtown, MD. He attended St. John Paul II Seminary and Theological College. Ryan has one sister and they were raised Catholic. Ryan attended a Catholic High School where he started to develop in his faith. While attending The Catholic University of America he considered the priesthood and applied to seminary. Before the seminary, he studied computer science in college. Ryan enjoys running, reading, hiking, spending time outside, and computer programming.

 

 

 

Carlos de Rodrigo GutierrezMattia Cortigiani – Mattia’s Archdiocese of Washington home parish is St. Bernadette in Silver Spring, MD. He attended the Università di Pisa and completed a Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology. The late Father Dante is a distant relative. Born and baptized in the Catholic faith, when the Christian Initiation was offered by the Neocatechumenal Way, it helped him to discover what faith is and to enjoy its many gifts. He also credits his grandparents, many priests, and his parents in helping him and supporting on his journey to priesthood. Mattia is fluent in Italian and Spanish language.
 

 

 

Carlos de Rodrigo GutierrezCarlos de Rodrigo Gutierrez – Carlos’ Archdiocese of Washington home parish is Mother Seton in Germantown, MD. He attended Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Washington, D.C. The third child born in a home of ten children, Carlos and his siblings were raised in the Neocatechumenal Way in Madrid, Spain. Through the Church, catechists, community, the help of priests, the rosary, pilgrimages, the Lord called him to the priesthood. Before the seminary, he completed both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computer Engineering. He is fluent in the Spanish language. Carlos enjoys soccer, basketball, walking, reading books about history, trying different types of great food, and listening to the radio.

 

 

 

Deacon Peter MlynarczykDeacon Peter Mlynarczyk – Deacon Peter’s Archdiocese of Washington home parish is St. John Neumann in Gaithersburg, MD. He attended St. John Paul II and Mount St. Mary’s seminaries. Deacon Peter was born fourth in a family of five children. He was raised Catholic and belongs to a family of heavy Slovenian Catholic influence. Time in adoration before the Most Blessed Sacrament was crucial in the deepening of his faith life.  Deacon Peter encountered Jesus’ presence in the Eucharist, and this gave his life purpose and direction. There are three religious’ sisters in his family. Sister Mary Ann Lostoski, OSF and Sister Ann Marie Lostoski, OSF and Sister Marie Antoinette Kosak, OP. Deacon Peter enjoys playing sports, bicycling, skiing, and following all things in space exploration.

 

 

James MorganJames Morgan – James’ Archdiocese of Washington home parish is Our Lady of the Assumption in Washington, D.C. He attended St. John Paul II Seminary and Pontifical North American College. He has two sisters and was born and raised Catholic. James has been serving the poor and doing mission work for many years. During mission work is when he feels most at peace and experiences great joy from giving his life to Christ. Before the seminary, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics at Mount St. Mary’s University. He is fluent in the Italian language. His great great uncle is Padre Pio Fiorini of Veroli. James enjoys cooking and trying new foods and being involved in theatre.

 

 

 

Grzegorz OkulewiczGrzegorz Okulewicz – Grzegorz’s Archdiocese of Washington home parish is Holy Redeemer, Kensington, MD. He attended Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Washington, D.C. He grew up in a Catholic family with five siblings. His faith formation includes credits to: his home life, the Neocatechumenal Way and Fr. Andrzej. Grzegorz enjoys learning languages. He is fluent in Polish, English, and Spanish and reads Italian and Russian. He also enjoys traveling, reading action and spy novels, hiking. playing the guitar, singing and listening to a variety of music.

 

 

 

Rev. Mr. Thomas Sullivan RobertsonRev. Thomas Sullivan Robertson – Thomas’s Archdiocese of Washington home parish is Our Lady of Mercy in Potomac, MD. He attended Saint John Paul II Seminary and Pontifical North American College. He grew up the youngest of three brothers in a family of the Catholic Faith and a received a Catholic education. Through this education, the door was opened for God to do His extraordinary work in his life, calling him to the priesthood. His Great Aunt is Sister Anna Gregory Sullivan. Before the seminary, he attended the University of Delaware and received a degree in Finance. He has a basic level fluency of Italian and Spanish languages. He enjoys being on the water, kayaking or taking out a motorboat. He also enjoys skiing, spending some time in the seminary woodshop, country music, finding travel deals, and visiting old friends.

 

Kyle VanceKyle Vance – Kyle’s Archdiocese of Washington home parish is St. John Francis Regis & Catholic Student Center at UMD. He attended St. John Paul II Seminary and Theological College. He grew up in a Catholic family with two siblings. During his senior year in college, Kyle met Dominican friars who showed him the intellectual beauty of the Catholic Faith and he became more steadily committed. Before the Seminary, he attended the University of Maryland, College Park with studies in Mathematics & Physics. He has a semi-reading fluency in biblical Hebrew, ancient Greek, and Latin languages. Kyle enjoys learning and reading different ancient biblical languages, spending time with friends and family, road biking, and sports such as basketball, ultimate frisbee, and soccer.

 

 

Alexander WyvillAlexander Wyvill – Alexander’s Archdiocese of Washington home parish is St. Aloysius Gonzaga in Leonardtown, MD. He attended St. John Paul II Seminary and the Pontifical North American College. He grew up in a practicing Catholic home. His faith deepened when he became active in his campus ministry and with FOCUS during college. Spending time doing the thing that matters most to him: helping people understand that their life matters in the light of God’s love is one of the many things that called Alexander to priesthood. Before the seminary, he attended Vanderbilt University. He is fluent in the Italian language. Fr. Christopher Wyvill, OSB is his cousin. Alexander enjoys rock climbing, classical piano, cycling, running, fly fishing, and camping.