Secaucus man ordained as priest by Cardinal Tobin, serving at Jersey City church


A Secaucus man, who became a deacon just over a year ago, was ordained as a priest by Archbishop of Newark Cardinal Joseph Tobin at a ceremony on May 27th.

Photo courtesy of the Archdiocese of Newark.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The four priests-to-be — Robert Burkot, JuHyun Andrew Lee, Bernardo Garcia, and Frenel A. Phanord— were called forward one by one as Tobin prayed over them and ordained them as priests at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark.

After they were given their stoles and chasubles and had their hands anointed with sacred chrism oil by Tobin, the five distributed Communion to the faithful for the first time as priests.

Then, once the ordination concluded, they offered their first blessings to many of those gathered.

Following the ordination, the new priests immediately began serving their assigned parishes, where they will shepherd the faithful while celebrating Mass and the sacraments as parochial vicars.

Father Burkot is at St. Paul of the Cross Church in Jersey City and he previously attended the Immaculate Conception Church in Secaucus.

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