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Two Ordained Holy Cross Priests

April 24, 2017

NOTRE DAME, Ind.—Michael P. Palmer, C.S.C., and Ryan J. Pietrocarlo, C.S.C., were ordained priests of the Congregation of Holy Cross on April 22, 2017, at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame.

The Most Reverend Arthur J. Colgan, C.S.C., auxiliary bishop of Chosica (Perú), conferred the Sacrament of Holy Orders on the two men.

Fr. Michael Palmer is the fourth of seven sons of Warren and Victoria Palmer of Berkley, Michigan. He entered formation with Holy Cross in 2007 and professed First Vows on July 28, 2012.

Fr. Palmer served his diaconate year at Christ the King Catholic Church, South Bend, Indiana, where he presided over his first Mass on April 23, 2017. He will also celebrate Mass at his home parish, National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica in Royal Oak, on May 21, 2017.

Rev. Ryan Pietrocarlo is the eldest of two children of Joe and Karen Pietrocarlo of East Rochester, New York. He served his diaconate at St. Adalbert/St. Casimir Parishes in South Bend, and will continue his ministry there.

Fr. Pietrocarlo entered formation with Holy Cross as an Old Collegian in 2007. He made his First Vows on July 28, 2012.

He celebrated his first Mass as a priest on April 23, 2017, at St. Adalbert Catholic Church, South Bend. Fr. Pietrocarlo also celebrated Mass at the Morissey Hall Chapel at Notre Dame that evening.

You can learn more about the new priests on the Holy Cross Vocations website.

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