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Christendom grad becomes Benedictine priest

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Benedictine Brother John McFadden, son of Tom McFadden, vice president at Christendom College in Front Royal, was ordained to the priesthood Oct. 24 at Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey in Hulbert, Okla. Bishop Edward Slattery, the retired bishop of the Diocese of Tulsa, Okla., presided.

Father McFadden grew up in Virginia attending St. Ambrose Church in Annandale, Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Winchester and St. John the Baptist Church in Front Royal.

After graduating from Christendom in 2013, Father McFadden entered the Benedictines at Clear Creek Abbey. He professed his final vows in 2018 and was ordained a deacon in 2019.

As a Benedictine monk, Father McFadden will spend the rest of his days working, praying, chanting, and offering Masses and sacrifices for the salvation of the world.  

“When he was little, he used to say a pretend Mass almost daily,” said Tom McFadden. “Seeing him being ordained … and then watching him offer his first Mass was one of the most natural things in the world.”

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2021