Three men were ordained diocesan priests during the June 3 priest ordination Mass at Rochester’s Sacred Heart Cathedral. Fathers Anthony Amato, Juan Benitez and Michael Merritt pledged their obedience to Bishop Salvatore R. Matano during the Mass, and congregants were invited to receive blessings from the new priests following their ordination. Click here to view more photos from this event and/or buy prints. Father Juan Benitez pledges his obedience to Bishop Salvatore R. Matano. Father Juan Benitez processes into Sacred Heart Cathedral with Fathers Anthony Amato and Michael Merritt at the start of the June 3 priest ordination Mass. Bishop Salvatore R. Matano processes into Sacred Heart Cathedral. Bishop Salvatore R. Matano gives the homily during the priest ordination Mass. Father Juan Benitez pledges his obedience to Bishop Salvatore R. Matano. Father Anthony Amato kneels before prostrating. Father Anthony Amato prostrates before the altar during Mass. Diocesan priests line up to lay their hands on the heads of the newly ordained priests. Bishop Salvatore R. Matano anoints Father Merritt’s hands. Father Joseph Hart congratulates Father Amato. Father Michael Merritt distributes communion. Bishop Salvatore R. Matano receives a blessing from newly ordained priest Father Anthony Amato following Mass. Congregants line up to receive blessings from the newly ordained priests.
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