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ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO TO ORDAIN THIRTEEN NEW PRIESTS
Men Hail From Six Countries on Four Continents

Chicago, IL (May 16, 2007)—Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, will confer the sacrament of priestly ordination on thirteen men on Saturday, May 19 at 10 a.m. at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets. The newly ordained priests will begin serving in parishes in the Archdiocese on July 1.

For the last four years, the thirteen men have been working toward their Master of Divinity degree at the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, studying the sacraments, theology, homiletics, pastoral care and Canon Law. Additionally, they participated in two, three-month internships, working full-time in the parishes of Cook and Lake counties, and in hospitals and institutions across the United States.

The men represent a culturally diverse group from four continents and six countries: Poland, Mexico, Peru, Kenya, Tanzania and the United States. All of the men completed their elementary and secondary school education in their native countries, and most completed at least a portion of their college studies there as well. The average age of the group is 32.5 years old.

To be ordained on May 19 are:

  • Marcin Bulinski, 26, was born, raised and completed his elementary and secondary education in Poland. His first Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving will be at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, at St. Linus Parish, 10300 S. Lawler Ave., Oak Lawn. Beginning July 1, he will be assigned to St. Linus Parish.
  • Krzysztof Dominik Ciastoñ, 26, was born, raised and completed his elementary and secondary education in Poland. He also attended the Papal Academy of Theology in Krakow and cooking school before coming to the United States to study at the Bishop Abramowicz Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary. His first Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving will be 2 p.m., Sunday, May 20, at St. Ferdinand Parish, 5900 W. Barry Ave., Chicago. Beginning July 1, he will be assigned to St. Tarcissus Parish, 6020 W. Ardmore Ave., Chicago.
  • Jorge Estrada, 34, was born, raised and completed his elementary and secondary education in Peru, before graduating from the Universidad Del Valle in Bolivia. His first Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving will be at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, May 19, at St. Clare of Montefalco Parish, 5443 S. Washtenaw Ave., Chicago. Beginning July 1, he will be assigned to St. Blasé Parish, 6101 S. 75th Ave., Argo.
  • Juan Carlos Gavancho, 31, was born, raised and completed his undergraduate and major seminary studies in Peru. His first Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 20, at St. Mark Parish, 1048 N. Campbell Ave., Chicago. Beginning July 1, he will be assigned to Queen of the Universe Parish, 7114 S. Hamlin Ave., Chicago.
  • Martin Ibarra, 39, was born, raised and completed his elementary, secondary and undergraduate education in Mexico. His first Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving will be at 4 p.m., Sunday, May 20, at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish, 3721 W. 62nd St., Chicago. Beginning July 1, he will be assigned to St. Agnes of Bohemia Parish, 2561 S. Central Park Ave., Chicago.
  • Krzysztof Kulig, 27, was born, raised and completed his elementary, secondary and undergraduate seminary education in Poland. His first Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving will be at 11 a.m., Sunday, May 20, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, 690 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. Beginning July 1, he will be assigned to St. James Parish, 831 N. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights.
  • Jesus Eduardo Martinez Solis, 37, was born, raised and completed his elementary, secondary and undergraduate education in Mexico. After earning a degree in public relations and communications, Fr. Solis worked as a PR manager of a Mexican brewery before running his own event-planning company for three years. His first Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving will be at 6 p.m., Sunday, May 20, at St. James Parish, 831 N. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights. Beginning July 1, he will be assigned to St. Colette Parish, 3900 S. Meadow Dr., Rolling Meadows.
  • Charles Musula, 33, was born, raised and completed his elementary and high school studies in Tanzania. He also attended the Consolata Institute of Philosophy in Nairobi. His first Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving will be at 12:15 p.m., Sunday, May 20, at St. Bruno Parish, 4 S. Harding Ave., Chicago. Beginning July 1, he will be assigned to St. Paul of the Cross Parish, 320 W. Washington St., Park Ridge.
  • Sande Michael Oduor, 32, was born, raised and completed his elementary and secondary education in Kenya. He also attended the Consolata Institute of Philosophy in Nairobi. His first Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving will be at 12 p.m., Sunday, May 20, at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 15050 S. Wolf Rd. in Orland Park. Beginning July 1, he will be assigned to St. Francis of Assisi Parish.
  • George Omwando, 33, was born, raised and completed his elementary and secondary education in Kenya. He also attended the Consolata Institute of Philosophy in Nairobi. His first Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving will be at 11 a.m., Sunday, May 27, at St. John the Evangelist Parish, 502 S. Park Blvd., Streamwood. Beginning July 1, he will be assigned to Our Lady of the Ridge Parish, 10838 S. Oxford, Chicago Ridge.
  • Robert Pajor, 30, was born, raised and completed his elementary and secondary education in Poland. His first Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving will be at 12:30 p.m., Sunday, May 20, at St. Thecla Parish, 6275 W. Devon Ave., Chicago. Beginning July 1, he will be assigned to St. Thecla Parish.
  • Michael Scherschel, 42, is an Illinois native who attended Cary-Grove High School and the University of Dayton. He also worked for 16 years in advertising and communications at Chicago’s Leo Burnett, Foote, Cone & Belding and Andersen Consulting. He is one of six children and has five sisters. His first Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving will be at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, May 20, at St. James Parish, 831 N. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights. Beginning July 1, he will be assigned to St. William Parish, 2558 N. Sayer Ave., Chicago.
  • Patrick Wangai, 35, was born, raised and completed his elementary and secondary education in Kenya. He also attended the Consolata Institute of Philosophy in Nairobi. His first Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving will be at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 20, at St. Philip Neri Parish, 2132 E. 72nd St., Chicago. Beginning July 1, he will be assigned to Our Lady of the Wayside Parish, 450 S. Mitchell St., Arlington Heights.

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