Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, will ordain eight new diocesan priests at Holy Name Cathedral on Saturday, May 19, including three being assigned to suburban parishes.
Among the new priests are Robinson Ortiz, 27, from Landazuri, Colombia, who will have his first assignment at St. Joseph Parish in Libertyville; Charlie Plovanich, 25, from Chicago, whose first assignment is The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines; and Christian Shiu, 29, from Chicago, who's being assigned to St. Gilbert Parish in Grayslake. The other new priests are going to parishes in Chicago and Chicago Heights.
Each newly ordained priest has completed at least six years of human, spiritual, academic and pastoral formation, which included an exhaustive study of philosophy, Catholic theology, the history of the Church, and pastoral practice. As part of their seminary education, future priests are also assigned at parishes, schools, and hospitals.
"While each new priest has taken a unique path in responding to God's call, they share the common desire to serve His Church," Cupich said in an announcement of the upcoming ordination ceremony. "The new priests join a brotherhood which enhances their ability to bring renewal, joy and comfort to those in need of guidance, healing and mercy."