On June 25, Rev. Scott Jakubowski, C.M., was ordained a Vincentian priest at St. Vincent’s Church in Los Angeles. Most Rev. Andrew Bellisario, C.M., Archbishop of Juneau-Anchorage, Alaska, and himself a Vincentian, was the ordaining prelate.

The ordination was something of a homecoming for Archbishop Bellisario, who was also ordained at St. Vincent’s in Los Angeles in 1984.

The ordination was celebrated at the end of this year’s Provincial Assembly; many Vincentian priests and brothers were in attendance. Fr. Scott is a native of Arizona. He came to know the Vincentians years ago by engaging in the works of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and other members of the Vincentian family. Fr. Scott’s first assignment is as associate pastor at St. Vincent’s Church in Los Angeles.

The beautiful ordination liturgy was celebrated in St. Vincent’s, which has a long tradition of dedicated Vincentian service over the decades. Through the laying on of hands and prayer, Fr. Scott was anointed and vested. He joined the ranks of other Vincentian priests sent out to evangelize the poor.

At the liturgy, Fr. Scott welcomed the support and the prayers of the congregation and his fellow Vincentians. Then, he stepped out into the California sun to bestow blessings, one by one, upon a line of his new parishioners.

“I am very grateful to everyone and to God for supporting me and helping me to get ordained a priest with the Vincentians,” Fr. Scott said. “I ask for prayers to be a good priest and to continue on the path God has set before me.”