FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Contact: Patricia M. Chivers
Six Men to Be Ordained Priests for
Atlanta Archdiocese on Saturday
Atlanta – Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory will preside at the Celebration of the Eucharist and Rite of Ordination to the Priesthood on Saturday, June 26th at Christ the King Cathedral, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta. The ordination Mass will begin at 10:30 a.m. The Archdiocese of Atlanta currently has over 250 priests and on Saturday will welcome Llane Briese, Mario Lopez, Thang Pham, Tom Zahuta, Michael Silloway, and Carlos Vargas to the priesthood.
Llane Briese began the discernment process his junior year of high school. As an active participant in his home parish, St. John Neumann in Lilburn, Georgia, he decided to join the Archdiocese of Atlanta as a seminarian in July 2004. Llane completed his formation at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Italy and is eager and ready to serve the Church of Atlanta.
Mario Lopez came from a traditional Catholic family in Colombia, South America. He entered the Seminary in the Archdiocese of Medellin at age sixteen but took a break to receive a degree in Engineering. In 2004, Mario came to Atlanta, Georgia and began his formation process in the United States at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland in 2005.
Thang Pham was born in Vietnam and grew up Catholic. The time Thang spent in a refugee camp in Thailand and living and working in Canada prepared him for a vocation into the priesthood. He attended St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania and his home parish is St. Michael Catholic Church in Gainesville, Georgia.
Tom Zahuta is a Deacon from St. Catherine of Siena in Kennesaw, Georgia. Deacon Tom attended Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland and looks forward to returning permanently to Atlanta and becoming a priest of Jesus Christ and his Church.
Michael Silloway felt called to the priesthood at an early age. After his second year at the University of Georgia, Michael pursued and was accepted into the Archdiocese of Atlanta’s seminarian program and attended Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. Michael’s home parish is Holy Trinity in Atlanta.
Carlos Vargas was born in Florencia, Caqueta, Colombia. After completing Law School, Carlos felt a strong calling to the priesthood and applied to the seminary through the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Carlos was a student at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania and considers all of the parishes in Atlanta his home.
The Office of Vocations is very excited to have six new priests this year. "In fact, the best vocational advertisement continues to be happy, joyful and positive priests and Religious who convey with our enthusiasm, smiles and laughter that God is doing something wonderful in our lives and that He might be willing to do the same in your life—given half the chance." - Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, What I Have Seen and Heard
The media are invited to attend. For more information, contact Pat Chivers at email@example.com or 678-480-6865.
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