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.