Monday, June 8, 2009


The Diocese of Austin ordained 5 new priests on Saturday. Three of them have a close connection with St. Mary's.
**Fr. Will Straten - is one of our Aggie vocations and a great guy. Class of 2000.
**Fr. Jonathan Raia - is a longhorn (hiss), but a great guy nonetheless. He was assigned here at St. Mary's this past year as a transitional deacon.
**Fr. Chris Downey - will be assigned here as Associate Pastor and is so excited he moved everything in almost 2 months early. He will start in mid-July officially.

Two other priests (Fr. Justin Nguyen & Fr. Uche Obikwelu) were also ordained. The ordination was standing-room only and was beautiful. Some pictures below of Fr. Will and Fr. Jonathan during the ordination:

Fr. David laying hands on Fr. Will.

Bishop Aymond anoints Fr. Jonathan's hands.

Fr. Will vested as a priest for the first time.

Bishop Aymond, Fr. Will, and Fr. Jonathan.

Lastly, a video of the concelebrating priests laying hands on the newly ordained. I shot it with my phone while standing in the back of the church, thus the grainy video.

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