Brian Hyland 
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For Release
May 11, 1998

Archdiocese Continues to Ordain Largest Numbers of Priests in the US 

The Most Reverend Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop of Newark, will ordain seventeen men to the priesthood on Saturday, May 23, 1998 at 10 a.m. in the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark. This is the largest number of seminarians to be ordained in the United States this year, according to figures received from the United States Catholic Conference

The Archbishop has ordained more than 200 seminarians to the priesthood since becoming a bishop in 1981. The Archdiocese of Newark is a leader among US dioceses for the number of priests ordained in the last decade. 

The procession is at 9:45 a.m. in the Cathedral Basilica and at 10 a.m. the Archbishop will confer the Sacrament of Holy Orders. The men being ordained have completed their theological studies at Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University, South Orange and Redemptoris Mater Seminary, Kearny, and sixteen will be ordained as archdiocesan priests. The seventeenth will be ordained as a member of a religious order, the Society of Divine Vocations, commonly known as the Vocationist Fathers. 

Many of the new priests will celebrate their first mass the following day, Sunday, May 24, 1998 in churches throughout the Archdiocese.

Archbishop McCarrick said that "the Lord has blessed this Archdiocese abundantly. This is another great reason to be grateful for His loving care and to respond with our own generosity by helping other dioceses. As a token of our gratitude to God, six more Newark priests will go to serve in other local churches this year and we will continue to share our blessings with others." 
 

Biographies of New Priests: 

Emmanuel Bornhauser
Father Bornhauser, 44, was born in Worksop, Great Britain, to André Bornhauser and Rolande Grataloup. Father Bornhauser received a BA in Humanities from Thomas Edison College in Trenton. He attended Redemptoris Mater Seminary. 

Prior to entering the seminary, Father Bornhauser worked as an actor, song-writer and journalist. 

Father Bornhauser will celebrate his first Mass at St. Stephen's Parish in Kearny at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 24. 

Leo James Butler 
Father Butler, 31, Was born in North Bergen, NJ, to Leo James Butler, Jr. (deceased) and Mary Butler.  He received a Bachelor's degree in Systematic Theology with a minor in Philosophy from St. Andrew's College Seminary at Seton Hall University. He continued his priestly formation at Immaculate Conception Seminary, South Orange. 

Prior to entering the seminary, Father Butler worked for the Bergen County Department of Human Services, the Conklin Youth Center in Hackensack, the East Bergen Mental Health Center and as a youth minister in Queen of Peace Parish, Maywood. 

At 12 p.m. on Sunday, May 24, Father Butler will celebrate his first Mass at Queen of Peace. The Mass will be concelebrated by the Most Rev. Charles J. McDonnell, Regional Bishop of Bergen County. 

Stephen A. Carey 
Father Carey, 39, was born in Kearny, NJ, to William and Mae (deceased) Carey. He studied Biology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he remained after graduation to fill various administrative positions.

He studied for the priesthood at Immaculate Conception Seminary in South Orange. 

Father Carey will celebrate his first Mass at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 24, at St. Stephen's Parish in Kearny. 

Ordanico Guarin Dela Pena 
Father Dela Pena, 31, was born in Silay City, Negros Occidental (Philippines). His parents are Urbano (deceased) and Visitacion Dela Pena. He attended the University of Negros Occidental, where he received a BA in Philosophy, a BA in Theology and a concentration in Church History. 

In studying for the priesthood, Father Dela Pena attended Sacred Heart Seminary in the Phillipines for five years, Opus Dei Seminary in Rome for two years, the Irish Pontifical University in Rome for four years, and completed his education at Immaculate Conception Seminary. 

While in the Seminary, Father Dela Pena worked summers in the Vatican Museums as a tour guide and custodian. 

Father Dela Pena will celebrate his first Mass at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 24, at St. Aloysius Parish in Jersey City. 

Zephyrin Kabengele Katompa 
Father Katompa, 33, was born in Kisangani, Congo (Zaire). His parents are Walter Katompa and Louise Mbiye. He received a Graduate degree in Mathematics and Physics from the Pedagogic Superior Institute in Kisangani, Africa. He received a Master of Divinity from Seton Hall University, and attended Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Kearny. 

Before entering the seminary, Father Katompa worked as a Mathematics and Physics teacher for high school students in Kisangani. 
 
Father Katompa will celebrate his first Mass at St. Benedict's Church in Newark at 12 p.m. on Sunday May 24. 

Rev. Vernon M. Kohlmann, S.D.V.
Father Kohlmann, 55, who was born in St. Cloud, WI, is the son of Raymond and Eleanor Kohlmann. Father Kohlmann attended Silver Lake College in Manitowoc and St. Lawrence Seminary in Mount Calvary, WI, before completing his studies for the priesthood at Immaculate Conception Seminary, South Orange. 

Father Kohlmann is a member of the Society of Divine Vocations, commonly known as the Vocationist Fathers, and will be ordained as a priest of that religious order. He as an elementary parochial school teacher prior to entering the seminary. 

Father Kohlmann will celebrate his first Mass at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 24, at St. Nicholas Church in Palisades Park. 

S. David Lee 
Father Lee, 24, was born in Seoul, South Korea to Mathilda Nina Lee. He attended Rutgers University, where he received BAs in Philosophy and Religious Studies. He received a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary, South Orange. 

Father Lee will celebrate his first Mass at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 24 at St. Andrew Kim Church in Montclair. 

Walter D. Lucey
Father Lucey, 62, was born in Cambridge, MA, to the late Jeremiah and Ann Lucey. Father Lucey attended Ramapo State College, receiving a BA in Liturature. He attended Immaculate Conception Seminary. 

Prior to entering the seminary, Father Lucey worked for 25 years at the IBM Corporation. 

Father Lucy will celebrate his first Mass at 12 p.m. on Sunday, May 24, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Newark. 

Daniel Medina
Father Medina, 31, was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. His parents are Horacio Ernesto Medina Reyes and Carmen Dalila Garcia De Medina. He attended Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University in South Orange. 

Father Medina will celebrate his first Masses on Sunday, May 24, at Holy Rosary / St. Michael's Church in Elizabeth, first in English, then in Spanish. The English Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m.; the Spanish Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. 
 

Attilio Morelli 
Father Morelli, 36, was born in Pisticci, Italy, to Umberto and Viggiana Marra. He attended the University of Rome, "La Sapienza," where he received a Laurea Degree in Physics and a Dottorao Di Ricerca (Italian equivalent of a Ph.D) also in Physics. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Seton Hall University while attending Redemptoris Mater Seminary. 

Father Morelli completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in High Energy Theoretical Physics at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Long Island before entering the seminary. 

His first Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Mount Virgin Church in Garfield at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 24. A reception will be offered by the Parish Life Committee in the School's Auditorium following the Mass. 

Robert Anthony Pachana 
Father Pachana, 28, is the son of Charles and Elizabeth Pachana. He was born in Newark, NJ. Father Pachana received a BA in Fine Arts from Kean University, Union. He attended Immaculate Conception Seminary, South Orange. 

Prior to entering the seminary, Father Pachana worked as a certified ceramic teacher and as a bookeeper and designer for a local florist. 

Father Pachana will celebrate his first Mass at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 24, at St. Casimir's Church in Newark. 

Paul Anthony Passant 
Father Passant, 41, was born in Wollongong, Australia, to Joesph Edgar and Esther Louise Passant. Father Passant graduated from Australian National University, Canberra, where he received a BA in Aboriginal Studies and Psychology. He received a Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Sydney. 

Before entering Redemptoris Mater Seminary, Father Passant worked as a postman, a wages and salaries clerk, and in Industrial Relations. 

Father Passant will celebrate his first Mass at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 24, at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Ridgefield Park. 

Ewald Randl 
Father Randl, 56, is the son of Josef (deceased) and Gertraud Randl. Born in Innsbruck, Austria, Father Randl attended Technical University in Graz, Austria, where he received a Diploma in Engineering and a Technical Doctorate. 

Prior to entering the seminary, Father Randl worked as a civil engineer and university lecturer in Austria. 

He will celebrate his first Mass at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 24, at Our Lady Help of Christians (St.Mary's) in West New York. 

Roberto Santa María
Father Santa María, 28, is the son of Marcelino and Teodora Santa María. He was born in St. Julian, Burgos (Spain). He received a BA in History from the University of Valladolid, Spain, before coming to Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Kearny to study for the priesthood. 

Father Santa María will celebrate his first Mass at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 24, at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark. 

James Matthew Sheehan
Father Sheehan, 25, was born to William (deceased) and Marie Sheehan in Elizabeth, NJ. After graduating from Mount Saint Mary's College in Emmitsburg, MD, with a BA in English, Father Sheehan attended Immaculate Conception Seminary, South Orange, to complete his study for the priesthood. 

Father Sheehan will celebrate his first Mass at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 24, at St. Anne's Church in Garwood. 

Carlos Miguel Viego 
Born in Schenectady, NY, Father Viego, 31, is one of thirteen children born to Armando and Lilia Viego.
 
In 1990, Father Viego received his Bachelor's degree in Religious Studies and Philosophy from St. Andrew's College Seminary at Seton Hall University. From there, he studied for the priesthood at Mount Saint Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD. 

Father Viego will celebrate his first Mass at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 24, at St. Patrick's in Elizabeth.

Robert Wolfee 
Father Wolfee, 40, born in Hoboken, is the son of James and Santa Wolfee. He received a BA in Accounting from Upsala College and an MBA in Accounting and Taxation from Fairleigh Dickinson  University. He attended Immaculate Conception Seminary in South Orange. 

Prior to entering the seminary, Father Wolfee worked for First Fidelity Bancorporation as an internal audit manager for fifteen years. 

Father Wolfee will celebrate his first Mass at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 24, at Queen of Peace Church in North Arlington. 

 
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