‘Historic ordination’: Fr Patrick Winbush, OSB raised to the priesthood in Newark

May 24, 2023 | Black Catholic Messenger

The 42-year-old Benedictine monk is the first African American ordained in Newark in more than 20 years.

Photo: Fr Patrick Winbush, OSB drinks from the chalice during his ordination Mass on May 20 in Newark. (Nate Tinner-Williams)

NEWARK, N.J. — Hundreds gathered in eastern New Jersey on Saturday morning for the ordination Mass of Fr Patrick Winbush, who was ordained for the Benedictines of Newark Abbey, where he has resided as a professed monk since 2001.

The event, held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church nextdoor to the monastery, brought a diverse crowd of priests to the heart of the city, including a number of Winbush’s friends and the cardinal-archbishop of Washington, Wilton Gregory, who was requested by Winbush last year to perform the ordination. Both men are African Americans, Gregory being the first such cardinal in history, and Winbush the first such priest ordained in Newark in more than two decades.

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