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The Bishop performs the rite of ordination

By God’s grace, and at the hands of the Most Rev. Jaime Soto, Bishop of Sacramento, Rev. Br. Patrick Rooney, O.P. (’15), was ordained to the transitional diaconate on September 24, 2022, entering the final phase of his formation to become a Dominican priest.

“I wanted to become a monk, but I also wanted to be a philosopher,” said Br. Patrick in 2016. “I found out that I could be both in the Dominican Order.” Building on the foundation he acquired at Thomas Aquinas College, he has grown as a philosopher over six years of subsequent study. But he has also, and more importantly, pursued philosophy within the sacramental rhythm of conventual life as a Dominican friar.

As a deacon, Br. Patrick may now begin formally living his order’s charism of preaching the Gospel — and begin looking forward to his priestly ordination next spring!

Thanks be to God!

The newly-ordained with the Bishop

[Photos: Vincent Escueta]