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placeholder May 25, 2009   •   VOL. 47, NO. 10   •   Oakland, CA

After making his pledge of obedience, Giopre Prado prostrates himself in front of the altar while the Litany of the Saints is sung during his ordination, May 15.
all photos by José Luis Aguirre

First priest ordained in the new cathedral

ABOVE: Giopre Prado presents himself for ordination to the priesthood, at the Cathedral of Christ the Light. His was the first ordination to priesthood in the new cathedral.
AT RIGHT: Oakland Bishop Salvatore Cordileone ordains Giopre Prado, conferring the grace of ministerial priesthood through prayers and the laying on of hands. It was the first time Bishop Cordileone ordained a priest. Standing next to the bishop is Deacon Stephen Taylor. Bishop Emeritus John Cummins also participated in the rite.

Bishop Cordileone presents the chalice to Father Prado.

ABOVE: Gabrielito and Paz Victoria Prado, who came from the Philippines for their son’s ordination, adjust his priestly vestments during the rite. He is their second son to be ordained as a priest.

LEFT: Newly ordained Father Prado offers his first priestly blessing to Bishop Cordileone. Father Ray Sacca, diocesan director of clergy services, looks on.

BELOW: Father Prado concelebrates his first Mass during his May 15 ordination.

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