Alumnus to Be Ordained to Priesthood at Franciscan University
First Priestly Ordination Mass to be Held on Campus Since 1996

STEUBENVILLE, OHIO—Brother Joseph Marie Krilich, TOR, a member of the Franciscan Friars, TOR, Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, will be ordained to the priesthood on May 22 at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

The Ordination Mass will begin at 10:00 a.m. in Finnegan Fieldhouse on the Franciscan campus. A reception will follow outside the fieldhouse. The public is invited to both events. Tickets are not required. The event will also be livestreamed.

Bishop Jeffrey M. Monforton of the Diocese of Steubenville will be the main celebrant and will ordain Brother Krilich. Father Joseph Lehman, TOR, minister provincial, and other TOR friars will concelebrate the Mass.

TOR ordination ceremonies are typically held at the motherhouse in Loretto, Pennsylvania. Due to Brother Krilich’s close connections to Franciscan University, however, his ordination will take place where he graduated in 2013 with a bachelor of science in chemistry and a minor in biology.

“Franciscan played a significant role in my discernment journey,” said Brother Krilich. “I feel honored to have my ordination take place where, in some respects, my intentional discernment journey began.”

During his time at Franciscan University, Brother Krilich was a member of Disciples of the Word Household, on the men’s soccer team, and participated in multiple mission trips.

Before entering the Sacred Heart Province in 2014, Brother Krilich volunteered as a missionary and teacher in Belize with the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT). He received his master of divinity from the Catholic University of America.

Brother Krilich grew up in Northwest Indiana with his parents and seven sisters—six older and one younger—all of whom graduated from Franciscan.

This will mark the first time since the 1996 ceremony for Father Dave Pivonka, TOR, and Father Stanley Holland, TOR, that a priestly ordination Mass has been held at Franciscan University.

To view the livestreamed Ordination Mass, visit

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