September 15, 2006

Several priests serving here
were ordained elsewhere

By Sean Gallagher

According to Father Stephen Giannini, archdiocesan episcopal vicar for clergy and parish life coordinators, there are currently 13 priests who were ordained outside the archdiocese who are serving in either formal or informal ministries at 15 parishes in central and southern Indiana.

This does not include religious priests who serve in parishes that have a historic relationship with a particular religious community (e.g., Franciscans of the Sacred Heart Province based in St. Louis serve at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Indianapolis).

Most of these 13 priests were born outside the United States. Three are now in the incardination process in which they are seeking to become archdiocesan priests.

According to Msgr. Joseph F. Schaedel, archdiocesan vicar general, there is a set of requirements that any priest ordained outside the archdiocese must meet before ministering here in either a formal or informal capacity.

These requirements include obtaining the recommendation of their bishop or religious superior, passing a criminal background check and participating in the Protecting God’s Children safe environment program. †


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