Christendom College will see five of its alumni ordained as priests this year. Rev. Mr. Joseph Dalimata, FSSP (’17), Rev. Mr. John Paul Heisler (’17), Rev. Mr. Joseph Townsend (’11), Rev. Mr. Jonathan Fioramonti (’14), and Rev. Mr. John McFadden, OSB (‘13) are all set to join the priesthood, with one other alumnus becoming a deacon as well.
These five priests will raise the total number of Christendom alumni priests to 99 by the end of this year— a momentous milestone for the college, with over 20% of those alumni serving in the college’s home Diocese of Arlington.
The Diocese will see three alumni ordained to the priesthood this year, with Deacons Heisler, Townsend, and Fioramonti all becoming priests on June 5. When they are ordained, they will raise the total number of Christendom alumni serving in the Diocese to twenty-one, joining Fr. Carroll Oubre, Fr. Tom Vander Woude, Fr. Joseph Kenna, Fr. Bjorn Lundberg, Fr. Noah Morey, Fr. Matthew Zuberbueler, Fr. Steve McGraw, Fr. John Heisler, Fr. Vincent Bork, Fr. Kevin Beres, Fr. Michael Taylor, Fr. Kevin Walsh, Fr. Francis Peffley, Fr. Joseph Farrell, Fr. Nicholas Blank, Fr. Christopher Tipton, Fr. Denis Donahue, and Fr. Peter McShurley.
Rev. Mr. Dalimata will be ordained as Christendom’s ninth alumnus FSSP priest on May 28, joining Fr. Gerard Saguto, Fr. Joseph Portzer, Fr. Thomas Longua, Fr. Chris Pelster, Fr. Daniel Heenan, Fr. Zach Akers, Fr. John Killackey and Fr. David McWhirter.
On October 24, Rev. Mr. McFadden, OSB, will be ordained to the priesthood at Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey in Oklahoma. His ordination with not only be Christendom’s third Benedictine priestly ordination, joining Fr. Mark Wenzinger and Fr. Michael Bowman, but will also mark ordination #99 for the college. While Christendom was founded to help form lay people who would then impact every area of society, the college’s faithful Catholic liberal arts education has helped many alumni discover a religious vocation while they are students.
In addition to these ordinations to the priesthood, one other alumnus, Mr. Philip Briggs (’13), will be ordained to the transitional diaconate in the Diocese of Arlington as well on April 10. Following April 10, Briggs will be on track to become Christendom’s one-hundredth alumni priest next year.
In total, Christendom currently has 94 priests, 51 sisters, 7 brothers, 5 transitional deacons, 1 permanent deacon, and 16 other men currently studying for the priesthood, along with 515 alumnus-to-alumna marriages.