Seminarian candidacy

Arlington seminarians Stephen Vaccaro and Jordan Willard were admitted to Candidacy for Holy Orders at the Josephinum during a Mass with Columbus Bishop Frederick F. Campbell, vice chancellor of the Josephinum, in St. Turibius Chapel in Rome last month.

The ceremony marked a defining moment in the priestly formation of 18 seminarians. When a seminarian, usually in his second year of graduate study, has reached a maturity of purpose in his formation and has demonstrated the necessary qualifications for ordination, he publicly expresses, before the bishop, his intention to complete his preparation for Holy Orders and his resolve to fully invest himself to that end, so that he will serve Christ and the Church faithfully.

Vaccaro is from St. Michael Church in Annandale and Willard is from St. Francis de Sales Church in Purcellville.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2015