This past Saturday, May 21, Fr. Alex McCullough (’09) and Fr. Philip O’Neill (’12) became the latest Christendom College alumni to be ordained to the priesthood. Together, the two priests raised the number of alumni priests to nearly eighty, with one more alumnus still to be ordained this summer.
Fr. McCullough earned his B.A. from Christendom in 2009, before entering Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West in 2011. On Saturday, Fr. McCullough was ordained a priest in the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Fr. McCullough will remain in that state as a diocesan priest.
Joining him as a diocesan priest will be Fr. O’Neill. After studying at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Maryland, Fr. O’Neill was ordained a priest at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, located in Hartford, Conn. Fr. O’Neill will now serve the Diocese of Hartford, after first discovering his vocation while studying at Christendom.
“The college provided the backdrop for me to learn what it means to be spiritual and to live a life of spirituality. With help from the wonderful priests there and the lessons I had in class, especially Dr. O’Donnell’s Ascetical-Mystical theology course, I was able to encounter the Lord in a more meaningful way than ever before. These experiences certainly shaped me and gave me the confidence to explore priesthood as a vocation,” says Fr. O’Neill.
The ordinations of Fr. McCullough and Fr. O’Neill marked the 77th and 78th alumni ordinations to the priesthood, after the ordination of Fr. Hezekias Carnazzo earlier this month. On June 18, Deacon Matthew Rensch will join them as the 79th alumnus priest, when he is ordained at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral in Burlington, Vt.
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