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WATCH: James Gebhart priestly ordination livestreamed May 18, 11 a.m., from Diocese of Wilmington Cathedral of Saint Peter


Bishop Koenig is scheduled to ordain Rev. Mr. James M. Gebhart, a transitional deacon for the Diocese of Wilmington, to the priesthood on Saturday, May 18.

The Mass of Ordination will be held at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Wilmington. It will be livestreamed on the diocesan YouTube channel – www.YouTube.com/DioceseofWilm.

Rev. Mr. Gebhart, 26, is a native of Newark and attended St. Catherine of Siena and St. Elizabeth’s Elementary Schools, Delaware Military Academy and Goldey-Beacom College. He earned his undergraduate degree in Catholic Theology while at the College Seminary of the Immaculate Conception at Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J., where he received the honor of being named the 2019 Seton Hall valedictorian.

He graduated May 9 from Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore with a master of divinity and a baccalaureate in sacred theology. During his priestly formation, he has done pastoral work at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Bear, St. Ann’s Parish in Wilmington and St. John the Apostle in Milford and St. Bernadette in Harrington.

Rev. Mr. Gebhart is the son of Stephen and Mary Gebhart of Newark.

The newly-ordained Father Gebhart will celebrate his first Mass on Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m. at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Hockessin, his home parish.

More information about the Diocese of Wilmington’s efforts to increase vocations-awareness and to work with people who may have priestly or religious vocations is available by contacting the Father Norman Carroll, director of priestly and religious vocations at 302-573-3113 or vocations@cdow.org. More information is available at www.cdow.org/vocations.

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