TOR Ordination

  • July 11th 2020

Five friars of the The Third Order Regular Franciscans, Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus were ordained to the priesthood on July 11, 2020.  Due to restrictions placed on large gatherings because of the Corona virus, the Ordination Mass took place in the Stokes Athletic Center on the campus of Saint Francis University in Loretto Pennsylvania. Most Rev. Bishop Mark Bartchak, the bishop of the Altoona-Diocese was the ordaining Bishop.  

Fr. Zachary and Fr. Daniel celebrated their First Mass in the Chapel at Saint Francis Friary.  Fr. Stephen celebrated his First Mass in the Loretto Carmelite Chapel.  Fr. Rufino celebrated his First Mass in the Immaculate Conception Chapel on the campus of Saint Francis University and Fr. Matthew celebrated his First Mass at Holy Name Church in Ebensburg.  The First Masses were celebrated on Sunday, July 12, 2020.

Ordination Group w Bishop


Pictured above from left to right: Fr. Stephen M. Waruszewski, T.O.R., Fr. Matthew Simons, T.O.R., Fr. Zachary Burns, T.O.R.,
Most Rev. Bishop Mark Bartchak, Fr. Rufino Corona, T.O.R. and Fr. Daniel M. Klimek, T.O.R.

Click here to watch the recording of the Ordination Mass.

Ordination Photo Gallery

First Mass Photo Galleries

Fr. Stephen

Fr. Rufino

Fr. Zach


From the Prayer of Ordination


Grant we pray almighty Father, to these your servants the dignity of the Priesthood; renew deep within them the Spirit of holiness; May they henceforth possess this office, which comes from you, O God, and is next in rank to the office of Bishop; and by the example of their manner of life, may the instill right conduct.


May they be worthy co-workers with our Order, so that by their preaching and through the grace of the Holy Spirit the words of the Gospel may bear fruit in human hearts and reach even to the ends of the earth.