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Deacon Andrew Clark ‘14 will be ordained to the priesthood this Saturday, June 2, in the college’s home Diocese of Arlington. Upon his ordination, Deacon Clark will become Christendom’s one-hundred-and-fourth alumni priest and the twenty-third in the Diocese of Arlington, ready to serve the faithful throughout the diocese and beyond.

Deacon Clark will be ordained by Bishop Michael Burbidge, who was recently awarded an honorary doctorate from Christendom at the college’s Commencement Ceremonies this past month. Deacon Clark will be one of eight men ordained to the priesthood at Holy Trinity Church in Gainesville, Virginia, on June 2, after years spent studying and preparing to be a priest of Jesus Christ.

Deacon Clark, who majored in history at Christendom, comes from a large Catholic family, many of whom attended Christendom — including his uncle, Fr. Stephen McGraw ’88, who served the college as head chaplain from 2014-2017.

Following his ordination, Deacon Clark will join twenty-two other alumni priests serving in the diocese, including Fr. Carroll Oubre, Fr. Tom Vander Woude, Fr. Joseph Kenna, Fr. Bjorn Lundberg, Fr. Noah Morey, Fr. Matthew Zuberbueler, Fr. Stephen 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, Fr. Peter McShurley, Fr. John Paul Heisler, Fr. Joseph Townsend, Fr. Jonathan Fioramonti, and Fr. Philip Briggs.

Since its founding in 1977, Christendom has helped foster numerous religious vocations, with 103 men currently serving as priests, along with 53 sisters, 5 brothers, 3 transitional deacons, 1 permanent deacon, 2 consecrated virgins and 12 more men studying in seminary. In addition, there are also currently 550 alumni marriages, with even more on the way this year.

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