Monday, July 27, 2009

Prep School graduate ordained

Fr. Matthew Ericksen, SBP 1997, was ordained a priest on June 20, 2009, for the Diocese of Savannah at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah, Georgia. Bishop Kevin Boland, bishop of Savannah, was the ordaining bishop. Four priests were ordained at the ceremony.

Fr. Ericksen's First Mass was celebrated at his home parish in Moultrie, Georgia the next day. Fr. Joel Martin, O.S.B., Fr. Ericksen's former teacher and headmaster, was the homilist. The new priest has been assigned as assistant at St. Joseph's Church in Augusta, Georgia. He is the son of Margaret and Andrew Ericksen of Moultrie, Georgia.

Matthew Ericksen and his sister Maryann graduated from St. Bernard Prep in 1997. She was Valedictorian; he was Salutatorian. After graduation Fr. Ericksen attended and graduated from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta and did theological studies at Mount St. Mary's School of Theology in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Maryann is currently a philosophy student at the Angelicum in Rome, Italy.

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