Release Date: May 15, 2021
Seven priests ordained for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati joyfully celebrated the ordination of seven new priests on Saturday May 15, 2021. The men were ordained to the priesthood for service to God and the Church. Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr celebrated the Mass. Within the course of the ordination rite, the archbishop laid his hands on the men, invoking the authority given by Christ to the apostles to make new priests.
The seven new priests will contribute to the growing trend of men being ordained priests over the last decade. The seven men being ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, this year, is in line with the seven men ordained in 2009 and 2016. The largest recent class were nine men ordained to the priesthood in 2019.
The seven new priests have served as transitional deacons for the last year. Their ministry has included baptizing, assisting at marriages, and preaching at Mass. The men graduated on May 12 of this year from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary & School of Theology after at least seven years of formation for the priesthood.
Parish assignments for the new priests were announced at the ordination:
Father Elijah Puthoff, parochial Vicar at St. Joseph and St. Raphael, Springfield; St. Teresa of the Child Jesus, Springfield; St. Bernard, Springfield; St. Charles, South Charleston.
Father Louis Jacquemin, parochial vicar at St. Henry, St. Henry; St. Aloysius, Carthegena; St. Bernard, Burketsville; St. Francis, Cranberry Prairie; St. Wendelin, St. Wendelin.
Father Edward Hoffmann, parochial vicar at St. Julie Billiart, Hamilton; St. Joseph, Hamilton; St. Peter in Chains, Hamilton.
Father Scott Morgan, parochial vicar at St. William, Price Hill and St. Teresa of Avila, Price Hill.
Father Anthony Marcelli, parochial vicar at St. Margaret-Saint John, Fairfax; St. Cecilia, Oakley; St. Anthony, Madisonville.
Father Aaron Hess, parochial vicar at Holy Angels, Sidney and chaplain and faculty at Lehman High School.
Father Michael Kapolka, parochial vicar at the Fort Recovery Cluster: Mary, Help of Christians, Fort Recovery, St. Joseph, St. Joseph, St. Paul, Sharpsburg, St. Peter, St. Peter.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati is the 44th largest Catholic diocese in the country, with more than 440,000 Catholics, and has the fifth largest Catholic school system in terms of enrollment with more than 40,000 students. The 19-county territory includes 211 parishes and 111 Catholic primary and secondary schools.