Archdiocese will soon have five new priests

Julie Filby

Five men will be ordained to the priesthood this month to serve the Archdiocese of Denver.

Strzebonski_Tomasz_DP19491Three of them have completed formation at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary—Deacons Gregory Lesher, Joseph McLagan and Erik Vigil Reyes; one at Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary, Deacon Franklin Anastacio Sequeira Treminio; and Deacon Tomasz Strzebonski, from Krakow, Poland, has been in formation at SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake, Mich.

In addition, another three men completing formation at St. John Vianney will be ordained for their respective home dioceses: Deacon Nathaniel Hinds for Colorado Springs, Deacon Joshua Mayer for Gallup, N.M., and Deacon Brian Feller for Sioux City, Iowa.

Nationwide, the total number of potential ordinands for the class of 2015, 595, is up from 477 in 2014 and 497 in 2013, according to a recent Georgetown University-based Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) study.

The Denver ordination, presided by Archbishop Samuel Aquila, will begin at 10 a.m. May 16 at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. The liturgy will be available for live viewing online at

COMING UP: Colorado Catholic bishops remember Columbine on 20th anniversary

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Colorado’s bishops have issued a joint statement recognizing the 20th anniversary of the April 20, 1999 shooting at Columbine High School that claimed the lives of 12 students and one teacher. The full statement can be read below.

This week we remember the horrific tragedy that occurred at Columbine High School 20 years ago. In life there are days that will never be forgotten; seared in our minds and
on our hearts forever – for many of us in Colorado that day was April 20, 1999.

As we mark this solemn anniversary with prayer, remembrance and service let us not forget that there is still much work to be done. Violence in our homes, schools and cities is destroying the lives, dignity and hope of our brothers and sisters every day. Together, as people of good
will, we must confront this culture of violence with love, working to rebuild and support family life. We must commit ourselves to working together to encourage a culture of life and peace.

Nothing we do or say will bring back the lives and innocence that were lost 20 years ago. Let us take this moment to remember the gift of the lives of those we lost, and let us, as men and women of faith, take back our communities from the fear and evil that come from violence like we witnessed at Columbine. Our faith in Jesus Christ provides us with the hope and values that
can bring peace, respect and dignity to our homes, hearts and communities.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Columbine community and all those affected by violence
in our communities.