Prospective New Catholic Army Chaplain Ordained a Priest Father Jay Horning completes formational journey

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades ordains Father Jay Horning a Catholic priest on June 2, 2018, in Fort Wayne, IN. Father Horning hopes to serve as a chaplain in the U.S. Army. Photo courtesy of Joe Romie | Today’s Catholic, Diocese of Fort Wayne-Sound Bend, IN.

FORT WAYNE, IN – Father Jay Horning, a United States Army chaplain candidate, was ordained a priest on Saturday, June 2, in Fort Wayne, IN. His ordination was celebrated at an 11:00 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conceptionthrough the laying on of hands and the prayer of consecration invoking the Holy Spirit by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, concelebrated the Mass.

The Reverend Horning, 30, is a 2006 graduate of Clay High School in South Bend, IN, and a 2010 graduate of the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, IN, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Theology. He earned his Master’s Degree in Divinity from Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD. He hopes to go on active duty as a U.S. Army Chaplain following three years of pastoral service in his home Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.

Father Horning said:

“Words cannot express clearly enough the joy I am experiencing from the ordination to the priesthood. This is what God has asked me to do and now I’m doing it, being a priest for Him and His people. Thank you to everyone who has been a support for the co-sponsored seminarians and the co-sponsored program. I can’t wait to begin the work necessary in the mission field.”

Among those in attendance at the ordination Mass were the new priest’s mother, Ms. Lisa Horning; his paternal grandmother, Ms. Jane Horning; and his maternal grandparents, Mr. Paul and Ms. Shirley Rowe.

Father Horning will begin his pastoral service at Saint Vincent de Paul Parish in Fort Wayne while serving as a chaplain there at Bishop Dwenger High School.