Two new priests ordained for the Diocese of Raleigh

Ordination to the Priesthood video:

The diocese has two new priests, Father James Magee, III, and Father Edisson Urrego. They were ordained Saturday, June 3, at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Wake Forest.

Bishop J. Kevin Boland, a retired bishop who most recently served the Diocese of Savannah, conferred the sacrament of holy orders during the Mass, which began at 10 a.m.

The rite of ordination to the priesthood included the presentation of the candidates, during which time Father Philip Tighe, director of vocations, called the [then] deacons forth, presented them to the Church and asked the bishop to ordain them.

The Mass also included the five promises of the elect, the promise of obedience and the Litany of Supplication, a prayer that requests the intercession of the saints.

In order to confer the gift of the Holy Spirit to each deacon, Bishop Boland laid hands on each candidate and said the Prayer of Ordination. All of the priests in attendance laid hands on each candidate as well in order to ritualize the fact that those ordained are brought into the presbyteral college of the local Church.

Once ordained, the new priests were vested with a stole and chasuble. Father James Buchholz, V.F., assisted Father Magee, and Monsignor Michael Clay assisted Father Urrego.

Bishop Boland anointed the hands of the new priests saying, “The Lord Jesus Christ, whom the Father anointed with the Holy Spirit, guard and preserve you that you may sanctify the Christian people and offer sacrifices to God.”

After Mass, Fathers Magee and Urrego offered blessings to those in attendance, including their mothers Maria Noemi Restrepo Hurtado and Blanche Magee, respectively.

Father Magee will serve as parochial vicar at St. Catherine of Siena Church; Father Urrego will serve as parochial vicar at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Cary.

Homily by Bishop Kevin Boland, retired bishop of Savannah: