Two ordained as priests; Worcester native, Filipino named to posts.
WORCESTER - Bishop Robert J. McManus yesterday ordained two men to the Catholic priesthood during services at St. Paul's Cathedral.
They are the Rev. Nicholas Desimone, a Worcester native, and the Rev. Lowe B. Dongor, who became the Diocese of Worcester's first Filipino priest.
Rev. Desimone, 28, is the son of Michael and Angela Desimone and attended Holy Name Central Catholic High School, the College of the Holy Cross, Mount St. Mary Seminary, the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and the Pontifical North American College in Vatican City.
He has served at parishes in Fitchburg, Charlton and Worcester, and will celebrate his first Mass at 2 p.m. today at Our Lady of Loreto Church, 33 Massasoit Road.
Rev. Dongor, 34, was born in Barotac Nuevo in the Philippines and attended the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Adamson University, and Our Lady of the Angels Seminary.
He came to Worcester in 2003 and attended Assumption College, where he explored the possibility of becoming a priest with the Augustinians of the Assumption, the order that runs the school.
Rev. Dongor later decided to become a diocesan priest and studied at St. Mary Seminary & University.
He has ministered at parishes in Charlton, Upton, Worcester and Northboro, and celebrated his first Mass yesterday evening at St. Christopher Church.
The two priests will be assigned to St. Joseph's Church, Fitchburg.
Officials said 132 active priests are serving the diocese and 23 are preparing for the priesthood.
CUTLINE: The Rev. Lowe B. Dongor, left, and the Rev. Nicholas Desimone are ordained at St. Paul's Cathedral.
PHOTOG: T&G Staff/TOM RETTIG