Monday, March 16, 2015

Married Northfield native gets pope's nod for priesthood

From Atlantic City-

James Thomas Wray, a native of Northfield and a 1977 graduate of Mainland Regional High School, is one of only about 80 married men in the U.S. to become a Catholic priest through Papal dispensation.

A former Episcopal cleric, he was ordained on March 7 in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati at St. Margaret of York Church in Loveland, Ohio. He said he is now awaiting his new assignment in the Diocese of Cincinnati.

“The dispensation came directly from the Holy Father,” he said of Pope Francis. Wray converted in 2011, spent years studying the Catholic faith, and was ordained a deacon in 2014.

The program to allow former Episcopal priests to become Catholic priests is about 40 years old, he said, and called the Pastoral Provision.

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