Our prayers, best wishes and congratulations to alumnus Seth Keller (Class of 2011), who was one of three new priests ordained for the Diocese of Columbus on Saturday, June 13 at St. Joseph Cathedral!
Click HERE to read a story (As a boy, Father Keller heard God’s call to priesthood) written about Fr. Keller by Tim Puet and published in the Catholic Times June 21st. Click HERE to read a general story on the ordination.
St. Charles, known as “The Bishop’s School” from its inception nearly 100 years ago, is extremely proud of its tradition of preparing its students to become the future leaders of their communities—both religious and lay. Last year, graduate Brogan Ryan, CSC (Class of 2014), was ordained to the priesthood as a member of the Congregation of Holy Cross at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN. Next spring, Jacob Stinnett (Class of 2014) will be ordained by the Diocese of Columbus.
Congratulations are also in order for (new) Fathers Frank Brown and Michael Fulton:
Father Fulton noted is an article written by Tim Puet and published in last week’s Catholic Times, that several people, including three St. Charles alumni, helped guide his vocation St. Charles “Dan DeMatte (SC Class of 2003) and Aaron Richards (SC Class of 2004) at Catholic Youth Summer Camp (CYSC) also were very influential. I’ve been a camper, counselor and staff member at CYSC for years. Through CYSC, I met Father Ty Tomson (SC Class of 2003 and pastor at Lancaster St. Bernadette Church) and Father Don Franks (pastor at Dresden St. Ann and Mattingly Settlement St. Mary churches), who also have been important in forming me as a priest. So has Father Jim Black (pastor at Powell St. Joan of Arc Church), my spiritual director.” Father Brown attended St. Paul the Apostle Church and School and is a 2003 graduate of fellow CCL member Columbus St. Francis DeSales High School, where he won a state wrestling championship in the 130-pound class in his senior year and qualified for the state tournament in the preceding three years.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the ordinations, originally scheduled to take place on May 23, were delayed for three weeks. When the event did occur, attendance was limited to about 70 people, music was provided by an organist and a few singers, and many of the priests were not there to welcome the newly ordained. Most of those who would have been in attendance had to settle for watching a live videostream of the Mass.
Bishop Robert Brennan remarked that his “one sadness today was not seeing the cathedral full,” the bishop said in remarks at the close of the ceremony. “Boy, am I looking forward to seeing you at work, because we’re ready for you.”
(Photos r-l) After their declaration came the congregational chanting of the Litany of the Saints, during which the three men prostrated themselves on the floor around the altar in a gesture of supplication symbolizing their unworthiness. After the litany, each man knelt before the bishop, who laid his hands on their heads one by one in the traditional sign of ordination, with the approximately 20 priests of the diocese who were present repeating that gesture individually. Before laying their hands on each new priest’s head, each priest in attendance was sprayed with hand sanitizer.
(Photo, left) Deacon Jacob Stinett ’14 , who will be ordained next spring, stands to the left of the Bishop.