Six Sacred Heart seminarians were admitted to candidacy for holy orders on Nov. 5. Candidacy is a critical milestone before diaconal ordination and, ultimately priestly ordination.
At Sacred Heart, it is the point in the formation journey at which seminarians begin to wear the Roman collar.
The Most Rev. Richard J. Sklba, auxiliary bishop emeritus of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, presided at the all-seminary Mass at which the rite was conducted.
Pictured (back row, l-r) are: Dcn. Nicholas Mammi, seminarian for the Diocese of Richmond; Sacred Heart President-Rector; Msgr. Ross Shecterle; and Bishop Sklba. Seminarians received into candidacy for Holy Orders (front, l-r) were: Michael Warren, a seminarian for the Diocese of Davenport; Alfred Pillarelli, of Gaylord; Luder Wilfredo (Willie) Fernandez Panica, Louisville; Paul Bonk, Springfield, Ill.; Francisco Javier (Paco) Gordillo Villamil, Springfield-Cape Girardeau; and George Holley, Tucson.
Most of the men are expected to be ordained to the priesthood by the spring of 2016 - some earlier - and begin serving in parish ministry in their respective dioceses shortly thereafter.