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Gannon Celebrates the Ordination of Two New Priests with Diocese of Erie

Bishop Persico with Kevin Holland and Joseph Petrone in April 2019 at their Ordination as Deacons.

Bishop Persico with Kevin Holland and Joseph Petrone in April 2019 at their Ordination as Deacons.

As a Catholic university affiliated with the Diocese of Erie, we join in gratitude with Bishop Persico and the Diocese of Erie for the ordination of two new priests today: Kevin Holland and Joseph Petrone. Many of you may know that Gannon serves the Church in the early stages of the formation and education of our future priests. Seminarians for the Diocese of Erie and some of our neighboring dioceses begin their discernment and formation at St. Mark Seminary, Erie and take all of their classes at Gannon to receive their preparation in Philosophy and Theology for advancement to graduate study and major seminary.  

Joe Petrone earned his BS in Biology at Gannon in 2014, entered St. Mark Seminary and earned his BA in Philosophy in 2016. This month he earned his M.Div. degree from St. Vincent Seminary, Latrobe.

Kevin Holland entered Gannon/St. Mark Seminary in 2012 and graduated from Gannon in 2016 with his BA in History. He recently earned his M.Div. from St. Mary’s Seminary, Baltimore.

Both of them took advantage of their time at Gannon to be involved in Campus Ministry, the Center for Social Concerns, and other student organizations. Many of you have accompanied them as faculty, mentors and friends. This event highlights the connection of our Gannon family with the Diocese of Erie as we offer our prayers and congratulations to our two young men who give their lives to the service of God and the Church as priests of Jesus Christ. Gannon played a significant role in the faith-journey and formation of both of these men so we rightly share in the joy of their families and friends.

Given the current COVID-19 regulations, the Ordination Mass is not open to the public, but you’re welcome to watch it via live stream on the website at or on the Facebook page of the Diocese of Erie. The Mass begins today at 4:00pm. Please keep the future Father Kevin Holland and Father Joseph Petrone in your good thoughts and prayers.

Written by Fr. Michael Kesicki

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