Lauda, Jerusalem! Charles Town Canons to celebrate two ordinations in October

On Saturday morning, October 17, at 10:00 am, two brothers of the Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem will join the Very Reverend Prior Daniel Augustine Oppenheimer CRNJ as priests of the Charles Town, West Virginia, monastic community.

Dom John Berchmans Tonkin CRNJ and Dom Alban Baker CRNJ will be ordained to the sacred priesthood of Jesus Christ at the hands of the Right Reverend Athanasius Schneider ORC, Auxiliary Bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan, during a traditional Mass of Ordination in the presence and with the approval of their Ordinary, the Most Reverend Michael J. Bransfield, Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston. The ordinations will be celebrated at St. James the Greater Catholic Church, 49 Crosswinds Drive, Charles Town. A reception will follow.

On each of the two days following, a public First Mass in the Extraordinary Form will be celebrated by one of the new ordinands at the Priory of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 301 South George Street, Charles Town. Dom John Berchmans will celebrate a First Mass on Sunday morning, October 18, at 10:15 am. On Monday evening, October 19, Dom Alban will celebrate a First Mass at 7:30 pm.