Fr. Z kudos to Archbp. Chaput: 50th Anniversary of Priesthood – 29 August 1970

50 years ago today, His Excellency Most Reverend Charles Joseph Chaput, Archbp. Emeritus of Philadelphia, was ordained a priest in the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin.

Congratulations to His Excellency for this milestone!

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  1. arga says:

    I genuinely love this man. Years ago while he was bishop of Denver, I emailed him seeking advice and thanking him for his wonderful leadership. Even though I lived far from Denver, and he did not know me, he replied both times with touching sincerity and wisdom, lifting my spirits. God bless him.

  2. VForr says:

    My former archbishop! Congratulations to His Excellency.

  3. Irish Timothy says:

    Lovely! God Bless him! I was 7 months old when he was ordained

  4. hwriggles4 says:

    Twenty years ago I was a young adult (early 30s) working in Colorado. Sunday was my only day off. One day an old friend called me (he had moved to Colorado) and invited me to the Sunday evening Mass at the Denver Cathedral. It was worth an hour drive, and I went maybe four or five times.

    My point – Archbishop Chaput himself did this Mass every Sunday, specifically inviting those in their 20s and 30s. (This Mass was not like a musical either – those reading this will understand). Solid marriages and vocations rose. Chaput also re-opened the seminary (c.1999) under a different name, and several dioceses send seminarians to St. John Vianney Seminary.

    This is a success story about reaching young adults who are looking for truth. Chaput definitely has his mitre on straight. It was a pleasure to meet him a few times.

  5. NB says:

    He continued the Sunday evening Masses in Philadelphia just as you described, and would greet us all afterwards. At his final Sunday Mass before his successor’s installation, he told us that it was actually the highlight of his week, those Sunday evening Masses. This was often after a busy Sunday with a long visit to a parish or another engagement. He has been a great gift to our Archdiocese and nation as a whole. God bless Archbishop Chaput!

  6. teomatteo says:

    He would have made a great Cardinal.

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