Dn. Matthew Joyner, a third-year seminarian, was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on Saturday, November 12, 2016. His Eminence, the Most Reverend Mark, Archbishop of Philadelphia and the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania was the celebrant. Dn. Matthew had been his driver for the past two years, traveling throughout the diocese. Clergy from the seminary, monastery, and the diocese concelebrated.
The ordination took place during the seminary's Vocations Retreat, so participants were able to witness the ordination in the context of the retreat. Diocesan faithful planned a retreat weekend here as well before learning that they would be present for both the retreat and the ordination.
A festive luncheon was held for all in the seminary refectory following the ordination. Fr. Steven Voytovich, seminary dean, welcomed everyone, and Dr. David Ford shared some of his translations of St. John Chrysostom's writings as part of a forthcoming publication with all present.
Axios and many years to Fr. Matthew and Matushka Ashley!
Photos by Seminarian Andrew Bohush and Mat. Jessica Fuhrman