It is always a great gift when a seminarian ordination takes place at the gorgeous Basilica of the National Shrine, as it enables all of the ordinand’s confreres and formators to be present, in a place that has come to mean so much to those who spend years preparing at TC for this moment. More than 75 of Walter’s family and friends were able to make it to the event, including a number of priests from his own archdiocese.

TC Rector, Fr. McBrearity, commented, “The ordination itself and the reception that followed were inspiring and memorable events not only for Walter and his parents but for the entire seminary community.  I am grateful for the work of David Lang and the Schola, Gregg Kotchey and all who assisted him and Sunder Michael and the Sodexo team, all of whom helped to create such a moving and celebratory day.”

Fourteen other TC seminarians from eight dioceses across the U.S.  will be ordained to the diaconate between May and November.

In gratitude, please join us in offering them prayerful congratulations!