Three alumni were recently ordained in areas across the country. Congratulations to Fr. Joshua Trefney '08
who was recently ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of Cleveland on May 18 at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. He will be assigned to St. Albert the Great in North Royalton. Fr. Andrew Rudmann '07
was ordained in the Archdiocese of New Orleans on June 1. He celebrated his “First Mass” and Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Vitus Church on June 9. Fr. Bryan Norton, S.J. '03
was most recently ordained on June 8 for the Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Prior to the fall when Bryan will return to Paris to complete his Licentiate in Sacred Theology, he will be at Saint Ignatius High School to celebrate the Feast Day Mass for St. Ignatius Loyola on Sunday, July 28 at 10:30 a.m.
"It will be a really special moment, one that I've looked forward to for many years now," Bryan says. "I am so happy to be a priest in the Society of Jesus--and I am so proud to be a son of Saint Ignatius High School. God prepared me for this vocation at Ignatius, where countless seeds were planted. On that holy ground, I met the Society of Jesus and fell in love with the mission of Jesuit education. So many teachers and role models formed me along the way. I am eternally indebted to and grateful for Saint Ignatius High School. It is in this spirit of gratitude that I have asked Fr. Larry Ober, S.J. to preach for me at the Feast Day Mass. His passionate example as a teacher and priest has inspired my vocation in a singular way. I look forward to praying and celebrating with the school community and to saying thank you for all that I have received: the formation and prayers, the friendship and support. Years in passing cannot sever..."
For anyone who may be contemplating religious life, Bryan advises to ponder and pray over the question the late Fr. Robert J. Welsh, S.J. '54 posed, 'What does God want from me?'
He credits his teachers at Saint Ignatius as having a great impact on his decision to enter religious life. "Fr. Bernie Streicher, the first Jesuit I ever met, opened my eyes to the wonderful world of grammar. Jim Skerl '74 taught me the importance of living the corporal works of mercy. Doc Knittel embodied for me the beauty of Christian learning and virtue. Doc Pennock deepened my love for our Catholic faith."
Please join us for Mass on Sunday, July 28 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Mary's Chapel to celebrate the Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola.