May 09, 2009 07:00 ET

1,000 Gather Today as Archdiocese of Toronto Ordains Seven Priests

Road to Priesthood Runs through Regent Park, the Chemistry Lab and the Butcher Shop...

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 9, 2009) -

Attention News/Assignment/Photo Editors

This morning, His Grace, Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, will ordain seven new priests for service to the Archdiocese of Toronto. The ceremony takes place at St. Michael's Cathedral in downtown Toronto at 10 a.m. 1,000 guests are expected to attend.

The Class of 2009 includes:

Rev. Mr. Steven Dickson Rev. Mr. Thomas Lim Rev. Mr. Paul Magyar
Rev. Mr. Frank Portelli Rev. Mr. Ricardo Quinones Rev. Mr. Eric Rodrigues
Rev. Mr. Carlos Troya

The graduates come from wide-ranging backgrounds, including a biochemist, a financial securities specialist from Regent Park, a meat cutter and high school teacher.

Currently there are more than 70 men at various stages in their studies for the priesthood at St. Augustine's Seminary and the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Toronto. Having spent no less than five years preparing for their ordination, candidates undergo extensive spiritual formation, theological education and practical field training as part of their preparation for priestly ministry. Background information on the "Class of 2009" as well as additional resources explaining the ordination ceremony are available online at:

As one of the most diverse dioceses in the world, the Archdiocese of Toronto is home to 1.9 million Catholics who celebrate Mass each week in over 30 different languages. More than 800 diocesan and religious priests serve the Catholic community in 225 parishes across the Archdiocese.

Schedule of Events - Saturday, May 9, 2009

7:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. - Pre-Ordination Breakfast - informal discussion led by Archbishop Thomas Collins on topics relating to priestly ordination. 100 people expected to attend.

Marriott Toronto Downtown Eaton Centre - 525 Bay St. (open to the media).

10:00 a.m. - Ordination of Seven Priests for the Archdiocese of Toronto. (1000 people to attend) St. Michael's Cathedral - 65 Bond St. (corner of Shuter St.) (open to the media).

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