- May 27, 2020
When Brian McCaffrey was ordained as a transitional deacon April 18 in Sacred Heart Cathedral, the event wasn’t quite what he envisioned it would be.
About 100 ordinations were scheduled to occur this year in the nation’s 87 mission dioceses supported by Catholic Extension, but the coronavirus has changed everything and left a cloud of uncertainty.
With spring priestly ordinations just around the corner, many dioceses around the U.S. anticipate that state pandemic-related lockdown measures will extend into May and are pushing back their plans, while others are still weighing their options.
Bishop Robert P. Deeley of Portland on Thursday urged a crop of new deacons to imitate the example of St. Francis of Assisi in rising above politicking and polemics and focus on the Gospel, which he said is the remedy for the difficulties both in society and in the Church.
Pope Francis ordained 19 men to the priesthood on Sunday in St. Peter’s Basilica, including new priests from Italy, Croatia, Peru, Haiti and Japan.
Ordinations to the priesthood in Spain have soared by 24 percent in the last year.