Congratulations Fr. Donelan, Fr. Dundon and Fr. Schierer

This morning, hundreds of priests, family and friends filled the cathedral for the ordination of our three newest diocesan priests.

The three men to be ordained listen as the Gospel is proclaimed.

Learn more about our newest diocesan priests and be sure to welcome them into your parishes:

Rev. Jeb Donelan, from St. John the Evangelist Parish, Warrenton, graduated from Liberty High School in Bealeton, Virginia, then received a degree in history from the University of Virginia before entering the seminary. He is completing his theological studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Italy. He was drawn to the priesthood through the witness of priests he knew growing up and after seeing how much people need hope in their lives following the tragic death of a classmate during his senior year in high school. He will celebrate his first Mass of Thanksgiving as a priest at St. John the Evangelist Church on Sunday, June 12.

The three ordinandi prostrate themselves in the presence of diocesan clergy

Rev. Luke Dundon, from St. Timothy Parish, Chantilly, an avid marathon runner, is a graduate of Bishop Denis J. O’Connell High School and the United States Naval Academy. Prior to entering the seminary, he completed graduate studies in physics and astronomy at the University of Hawaii, writing a Master’s thesis on comets and asteroids and helping conduct astronomical observations during the NASA Deep Impact Mission of 2005. He also attended the Navy Chaplain School in Rhode Island in 2008 and hopes to become a Navy chaplain. Rev. Dundon is completing his theological studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Italy. He will celebrate his first Mass as a priest at St. Timothy Church on Sunday, June 12.

Bishop Loverde and the newest priests for the Diocese of Arlington

Rev. Will Schierer, graduated from Paul VI High School and majored in biology and religion at the College of William and Mary prior to entering the seminary. He had thought about the priesthood from a young age, but then considered marriage and becoming a doctor. While praying in college, he realized he was called to be a priest and, with encouragement from his family and priests that he knew, applied for the seminary. He completed his theological studies at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa. He also has studied in Mexico. He will celebrate his first Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Veronica Church on Sunday, June 12.

A list of clergy assignments can be found here.

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