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Posted: Saturday, June 2, 2007 3:37 pm | Updated: 6:56 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The Catholic Diocese of Phoenix today will ordain its largest class of new priests in 14 years. It ties the six ordained in 1994.

The Catholic Diocese of Phoenix today will ordain its largest class of new priests in 14 years. It ties the six ordained in 1994.

The six candidates will go through the rites, starting at 10 a.m. at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral, 6351 N. 27th Ave., Phoenix, with Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted conferring the sacraments of priestly ordination.

Four of the six call Mesa or Scottsdale congregations their home parishes, and one is being assigned to a Mesa church.

“We rejoice in every vocation in the church, for each one builds up the Body of Christ,” Olmsted said. This year’s class size may be a new trend, said the Rev. Don Kline, diocesan director of vocations. “It’s getting better. … This year we’ve had the most applicants (to the seminary) that we’ve ever had in my eight years here.” He said it was heartening in the face of the sexual abuse scandals of the past decade and shows that “we are still strong.” The priests who have endured have displayed their joy in the church, “and that enthusiasm is contagious,” he said.

The new priests are:

-- Eugene Florea, 30, whose home parish in St. Timothy’s in Mesa, who will be assigned to St. Simon and Jude.

-- Kilian McCaffrey, 40, whose home parish is Blessed Sacrament in Scottsdale and whose assignment is Queen of Peace Parish in Mesa.

-- Ernesto Reynoso, 36, from Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Scottsdale, who is assigned to Most Holy Trinity Parish in Phoenix.

-- Paul Sullivan, 30, whose home parish is Church of the Resurrection in Tempe and who is assigned to Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Glendale.

-- John Muir, 29, of St. Theresa Parish in Phoenix, who will continue studies at Mundelein Seminary in Illinois.

-- Craig Friedley, 49, of St. Thomas the Apostle in Phoenix, who is assigned to San Francisco de Asis Parish in Flagstaff.

“They’re genuinely joyful men who were outstanding in their seminaries,” Kline said. “They’re not waiting for things to happen. They’re instrumental in making the Gospel come alive.”

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