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Thursday, December 17, 2009

ST. FRANCIS DE SALES DEANERY — Five seminarians for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati have been approved for candidacy for Holy Orders.

Coadjutor Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr presided  over the Rite of Admission to Candidacy for Holy Orderson Dec. 8 in the Chapel of St. Gregory the Great at the Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary’s Seminary.

With Archbishop Schnurr are the seminarians, all approved by the formation team of Mount St. Mary Seminary following evaluations for candidacy. They are: (left to right): Brian W. Phelps, Andrew P. Cordonnier, Jerome R. Bishop, James J. Riehle and Anthony L. Eichhorn, Jr. (CT/E.L. Hubbard)

Those approved are: Jerome R. Bishop, St. Teresa, Springfield; Andrew P. Cordonnier, St. Remy, Russia; Anthony L. Eichhorn Jr., St. Teresa of Avila, Cincinnati; Brian W. Phelps, St. Ann, Groesbeck; and James J. Riehle, St. Gertrude, Madeira and St. Columban, Loveland.

Admission to Candidacy for Holy Orders has two aspects:

• An aspirant is publicly declaring that he is committing himself to a program of formation for service to God and to the Catholic Church as an ordained minister.

• The Catholic Church, in the person of the archbishop, is publicly accepting the aspirant into the ranks of the candidates for Holy Orders.

Acceptance into the ranks of candidates does not constitute a right to receive ordination to the diaconate or priesthood. It is a first official recognition on the part of the church that there are preliminary signs of a vocation to Holy Orders that remain to be confirmed in subsequent years of formation.

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