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Newly-ordained to Celebrate Masses of Thanksgiving on June 2

Each of the five priests being ordained on Saturday, June 1, will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving in the Diocese of Richmond on Sunday, June 2. At least one Mass will be celebrated in each of the vicariates. The celebrants, Mass locations and times are:

Tochi Iwuji, St. Thomas More, Lynchburg, 11 a.m.

Chris Masla, St. Bede, Williamsburg, 11 a.m.

Dan Molochko, Holy Trinity, Norfolk, 11 a.m.

Kyle O’Connor, St. Andrew, Roanoke, 11:30 a.m.

Cassidy Stinson, St. Peter, Richmond, 10:45 a.m.

According to Father Brian Capuano, associate director of the diocese’s office of vocations, those attending one of these Masses can be granted a plenary indulgence for themselves or for a member of the faithful departed.

In an email to The Catholic Virginian, Father Capuano wrote, “One indulgence may be gained according to the usual conditions: be in a state of grace at the time one participates in the Mass, have an interior disposition of detachment from all sin, pray for the intentions of the Holy Father, and receive the Eucharist and confess sins sacramentally within 20 days of assisting at the Mass of the newly ordained priest.”

He continued, “As we celebrate the ordination of five new men for our local Church, let us join with them in praise of our good God and be open to the graces that our Lord offers to each of us through the ministry of the Church.”