Cardinal Cupich ordains new priests for archdiocese

By Michelle Martin | Staff writer
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Cardinal Cupich ordains new priests for archdiocese

Cardinal Cupich ordained seven archdiocesan priests on June 29, 2020 at St. John Brebeuf Parish, 8305 N. Harlem Ave., Niles. Cardinal Cupich also ordained a priest for ministry in the Archdiocese of Tabora, Tanzania during this celebration. The men ordained are Larry Josue Basbas, Arthur Bautista, Ismael Garcia Sainz, Patrick Gorman, Vinicio Jiménez, Henry (Hank) Lyon and Martin Marulanda. Cardinal Cupich also ordained Patrick Bergin for the Archdiocese of Tabora, Tanzania, on behalf of Archbishop Paul R. Ruzoka, who was unable to travel to the United States because of COVID-19 restrictions. Bergin will exercise his priestly ministry in Tabora.
The ordinandi lie prostrate as Cardinal Cupich kneels. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Cardinal Cupich lays hands on Vinicio Jiménez. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Father John Kartje, rector/president of Mundelein Seminary, lays hands on Henry (Hank) Lyon. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Priests from the archdiocese and also those visiting lay hands on Ismael Garcia and Arthur Bautista. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Newly ordained Father Larry Josue Basbas, prepares to receive his vestments. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Cardinal Cupich anoints the hands of newly ordained Father Vinicio Jiménez. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Special chalices belonging to the newly ordained sit to the side until the Eucharistic Prayer. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Cardinal Cupich prays during the Eucharistic Prayer. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Newly ordained Father Ismael Garcia Sainz distributes Communion during Mass. (Denise Duriga/Chicago Catholic)
The newly ordained priests gather at the end of Mass to give Cardinal Cupich their first blessing. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Newly ordained Father Martin Marulanda gives first blessing to Father Joe Noonan, pastor of St. Damian Church in Oak Forest where Father Martin was serving as a deacon. (Denise Duriga/Chicago Catholic)

Cardinal Cupich ordained seven priests for the Archdiocese of Chicago at St. John Brebeuf Church in Niles June 29, the solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul.

At the end of a liturgy featuring face masks and lots of hand sanitizer, Father Larry Josue Basbas, Father Arthur Bautista, Father Ismail Garcia Sainz, Father Patrick Gorman, Father Vinicio Jiménez, Father Henry Lyon, Father Martin Marulanda and Father Patrick Bergin were introduced to the congregation. They gave their first blessings in the church parking lot.

An eighth priest, Father Patrick Bergin, was ordained for the Archdiocese of Tabora, Tanzania.

The ceremony was modified from previous years to allow for social distancing in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of concelebrating bishops and priests was limited, as was the number of guests each of the men could invite.

Instead of having priests and bishops shoulder to shoulder, concelebrants were spaced across the sanctuary. Guests sat alone or in family groups, all at least six feet from one another. Instead of a full choir, two cantors sang with the accompaniment of an organ, trumpet and flute.

Cardinal Cupich acknowledged the unusual circumstances when he welcomed the congregation, which was both livestreamed and available on YouTube for later viewing.

“My special greeting goes to the parents, families and friends of the ordinandi,” he said. “No matter if you are near or far, we are still blessed to have each of you with us today.”

After a first reading proclaimed in Tagalog and a second reading proclaimed in Spanish, the Gospel passage, about Peter’s insight that Jesus is the son of God and Jesus giving Peter the “keys to the kingdom.”

Cardinal Cupich’s homily focused on the role of God’s grace in priesthood.

“We gather for this ordination ceremony on the Solemnity of Peter and Paul, who founded the church of Rome through the shedding of their blood,” the cardinal said. “And yet, as historic as their achievements and accomplishments are, it is striking that the Word of God draws attention instead to how the power of God’s grace transformed their otherwise unremarkable lives and continued to mature them in their calling.  That is the legacy we celebrate today in remembering them. It is a legacy that should always inspire those who step forward to shepherd the flock of Christ.”

The cardinal spoke about Peter’s insight into who Christ is, and how that knowledge did not stop him from going astray and trying to dissuade Jesus from traveling to Jerusalem, where he would be crucified, because while he knew Jesus was the son of God, he did not understands that Jesus was the suffering servant.

“You have also learned that the life of a priest is about more than learning about Jesus,” Cardinal Cupich told the men about to be ordained. “At its core, priesthood is always about getting to know Jesus more and more. This is why your closeness to him in your prayer life and through service to the poor and suffering must always be given priority in your daily routine.”

He urged the new priests to allow themselves to be guided by God’s grace.

“Always measure your fidelity and authenticity to your mission not by your personal accomplishments or achievements, but by how the transformative power of God’s grace is first of all leading you to know Jesus more fully,” Cardinal Cupich said. “But also be patient to let God’s grace progressively form and mature you as the years unfold to be a leader in the community whose first task is always to discern where the risen Lord, active and present in your midst, is leading those you serve.”

The rites of ordination were slightly modified to minimize risk. Cardinal Cupich sanitized his hands before and after touching the hands and head of each man, and the other priests present held their hands above the heads of the ordinandi rather than touching them. The cardinal anointed the new priests’ hands with chrism oil that was already on individual cotton balls rather than in a common container, and the “kiss of peace” was accomplished with a short bow in lieu of physical contact.

Cardinal Cupich advised the new priests to reflect on their legacy of Sts. Peter and Paul as they move forward.

“Just as these are challenging and different times, so will the years of your priesthood be,” he told them. “You have no idea what is in store for you as the years unfold. You will need this legacy as a still point and as point of reference to inspire you and to mature you in your vocation. … May the legacy of Peter and Paul be yours today and always.”

Watch the ordination Mass here.


  • ordination

Related Articles