Two Men Ordained to the Priesthood

Posted: 5/31/2012

Newest priests hail from Kenya and Minnesota

CINCINNATI—Father Cris Adongo of Ulanda, Kenya, and Father Aaron Wessman of Cokato, Minn., began new chapters in their lives on Saturday, May 26, 2012, when they were ordained priests for Glenmary Home Missioners by Bishop William Medley of the Diocese of Owensboro, Ky. The ordination took place at Sacred Heart Church in Fairfield, Ohio.

The ordinations, the first celebrated in the Glenmary community since 1999, are the culmination of the formation journey each man began in 2005 with entry into the home mission community. Both men completed their theology studies at St. Meinrad Seminary in May and are looking forward to beginning their mission assignments in September.

Father Cris and Father Aaron took their Final Glenmary Oath in May of 2011, making lifelong commitments to serve the neglected people in the home mission areas served by Glenmary priests and brothers. And both were ordained to the transitional diaconate by Bishop Philip Anyola of the Diocese of Homa Bay in June of 2011 during a five-hour outdoor liturgy in Ulanda, Kenya, attended by over 4,000 people.

Father Cris, 32, says he became interested in priesthood with Glenmary because of the influence of the Passionist missionary priest in his home parish. "I was attracted to mission work in a different culture," he says. Father Cris has served at Glenmary's former missions in Ackerman and Eupora, Miss., and Idabel Okla. "I don't know what my future holds, but I know God holds it," Father Cris says.

For Father Aaron, 30, the call to serve the home missions as a priest began after meeting fellow Minnesotan, Glenmary Father Jerry Dorn. "Meeting him was an appointment set up by God," Father Aaron says. In addition to his schooling, Father Aaron has done independent study centering on ecumenism and has served in Glenmary's former mission in West Liberty, Ky. The time he has spent in Glenmary missions has affirmed his call to mission life. "I love the excitement, the adventure, the diversity and the newness," he says.

On Sept. 1, Father Cris will become associate pastor of Glenmary's missions in Lafayette, Tenn., Scottsville, Ky., and a new mission being established in Celina, Tenn. Father Aaron will become associate pastor of Glenmary's new missions in Maynardville and Rutledge, Tenn.

Digital or hard-copy photos of these men are available by contacting Glenmary's communications office at 513-881-7491.

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Deacon Cris with friends and family.
Deacon Aaron with his parents.
Presentation of candidate to the bishop.
Promise of obedience...
...to the bishop(s) and local superiors.

Deacon Cris with friends and family.

Deacon Cris with friends and family.