Three men will be ordained to the diaconate on Saturday, May 20, at 10:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart by Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo.
All three will be ordained transitional deacons with the expectation of being ordained to the priesthood in 2018.
They are John Baab, James O’Reilly and Nick Redmond. All are completing third theology in their six years of priestly formation.
Mr. Baab, one of seven children, was born and raised in Richmond. His home parish is St. Michael’s in Glen Allen. He graduated from J.R. Tucker High School in 2004 and then attended Radford University where he graduated in 2008 after studying Business Marketing and Theology. Mr. Baab, now in priestly formation at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, worked in direct marketing for almost four years after college.
Mr. O’Reilly was born in Goldsboro, N.C. as part of a military family but spent most of his life in Yorktown where he was active in his home parish of St. Joan of Arc. He was active in Scouting and became an Eagle Scout. Mr. O’Reilly graduated from Shenandoah University in Winchester with a BA degree in Music Performance as a saxophonist. While in college, he was active in Catholic Campus Ministry. He is in formation at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore.
Mr. Redmond grew up in Silver Spring, Md. and graduated from Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C. from which he graduated in 1996. He then entered the University of Virginia where he majored in Chemistry and Spanish and then earned a Master’s degree in Teaching from UVA. Mr. Redmond spent 10 years as a Spanish teacher at Albemarle High School outside Charlottesville and was then active at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish. He is in formation at Theological College in Washington.