Priestly Ordinations in St. Louis, 2007

On June 15, 2007, on the feast of the Sacred Heart, His Grace the Most Reverend Raymond L. Burke, Archbishop of St. Louis, ordained Father William Avis and Father Matthew Talarico priests.

The ordination took place at the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis. This marks the first time priestly ordinations of the Institute have been conducted in the United States. More than 1,200 faithful attended the impressively beautiful ceremony which imperceptibly lasted four hours.

On the following day, Saturday, June 16th, Father Matthew Talarico celebrated his first Mass at St. Francis de Sales Oratory in St. Louis, and on Sunday, June 17th, was the first Mass of Father William Avis, also at the Oratory.

Photos by Marian Brickner unless otherwise noted.

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