After six years of seminary studies and formation, former Anchorage businessman and co-founder of Anchorage Theology & Brew is set to be ordained to the priesthood on June 19.
When Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schwietz lays his hands on 47-year-old Deacon Arthur Roraff to ordain him a Catholic priest it will mark the second such ordination in the past three years for the Anchorage Archdiocese. This comes after an eight-year drought. But things are changing and several more men are in line for ordination in coming years.
Deacon Roraff is the furthest along of six men in various stages of formation to become priests for the Anchorage Archdiocese.
Deacon Roraff spent this past year studying Spanish and completing his final spiritual and academic formation for the priesthood at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. Over the past 12 months he has practiced the prayers and motions for celebrating the Mass and hearing confessions. As a transitional deacon he has also served at the altar and preached both at the seminary chapel and at his teaching parish within the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis.
The upcoming ordination will take place June 19, 6 p.m., at Our Lady of Guadalupe Co-Cathedral in Anchorage. The public is invited to attend.