Deacon Jonathon Fehrenbacher ’09 was ordained a priest by Raymond Cardinal Burke for the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Pontiff on Thursday, July 6, in Florence, Italy. Canon Fehrenbacher, as priests of this particular order are called, is the 82nd alumnus ordained to the priesthood since the college’s founding in 1977 – 40 years ago this September. Canon Fehrenbacher, who was a star basketball player for the Crusaders as an undergraduate, has been assisting alumnus and Pastor Canon Michael Stein at St. Joseph’s Oratory in Detroit for the past year as a deacon, and will be returning to that parish as a priest.
The mission of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Pontiff is, in part: “to spread the reign of Christ in all spheres of human life by drawing from the millennial treasury of the Roman Catholic Church, particularly her liturgical tradition, the unbroken line of spiritual thought and practice of her saints, and her cultural patrimony in music, art and architecture. The Institute accomplishes this primarily through a solid and well-rounded formation of its priests, rooted in Catholic tradition and carried out at its international seminary in the Archdiocese of Florence.”
Canon Fehrenbacher joins 81 other alumni priests, and over 50 alumni religious sisters and brothers who have discerned a vocation to the religious life after attending Christendom College. Already this summer, three other alumni men were ordained: Deacon Christopher Tipton, Deacon David Frank, and Fr. Peter Ascik. Currently, 25 alumni men are either in seminary or religious formation, preparing for ordination to the priesthood. These men are studying for the Diocese of Arlington, the Norbertines in California, the Benedictines in Oklahoma, the Community of St. John, the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, the Diocese of Lincoln, the Diocese of Sacramento, the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, the Archdiocese for Military Services, and the Legionaries of Christ.