Most Reverend Joseph A. Galante, D.D., J.C.D., Bishop of Camden, will ordain Jon-Peter Thomas and Phillip Max Johnson to the priesthood:
Saturday, May 22, 2010
240 Main Street
Mantua, New Jersey 08051
Thomas, 27, from Mantua, is a graduate of Clearview Regional High School in Mullica Hill, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, and The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He served as a transitional deacon at St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral in Camden. He will offer his first Mass on Sunday, May 23 at 2 PM at Incarnation Parish, Mantua.
Johnson, 59, from Sewell, is a graduate of Harding University in Arkansas, Princeton Theological Seminary, John Paul II Pontifical Institute at the Catholic University in Washington, DC, and St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore. Johnson, a former Lutheran pastor, has a wife, Janet, and four grown children. (The acceptance of married men to the priesthood is an exception granted on a case by case basis for reasons of pastoral need and does not signal a change in the norm of celibacy for Latin Rite priests.) He served as a transitional deacon at Incarnation Parish, Mantua where he will offer his first Mass on Sunday, May 30 at 11 AM.
Later this summer, Bishop Galante will ordain David Rivera, 29, from Blackwood who graduated from Camden Catholic High School in Cherry Hill, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, and studied at Rutgers University in Camden and the Pontifical North American College in Rome. The ordination will be celebrated on July 10, 2010 at 10:30 AM at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Camden. He will offer his first Mass on Sunday, July 11 at 1:30 PM at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish located at Saint Luke Church, Stratford.