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Seminarians take a step forward with Mass of Admission for Candidacy

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Bishop Michael F. Burbidge celebrated a Mass of candidacy for three seminarians — Mike Lewis, Mike Nugent and Tim Courtney — in the chapel at St. Ann Church in Arlington June 22. 

"Candidacy is the formal recognition by the church that you have reached a maturity, joy and serenity in your discernment that coincides with the beginning of the study of theology," said Fr. Michael C. Isenberg, director of the Office of Vocations. "Candidacy is also the deepening of your configuration to Christ the Shepherd as you begin the next stage of formation."

The Mass of Admission for Candidacy is held after the candidates finish their philosophical studies (after two years or four years depending on if they graduated college and as they enter into theological studies. It is the next stage in the progression to Holy Orders.

“The Church affirms the good work that has begun and is calling the men to continue on to the next stage of formation,” Fr. Isenberg said. 

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2019