On July 25, 1997 Joseph Pelle and John Hogan were ordained to the Presbyterate by Archbishop Hickey in St Mary’s Cathedral, Perth with a large body of the clergy of the archdiocese as well as from interstate and overseas, and also present the many relatives, friends and public for this historic day.
The archbishop giving the homily to the candidates and to the assembly.
The pledge of obedience to the Archbishop and his successors, placing his hands into the hands of the Archbishop.
The anointing with Chrism of the hands of the presbyter
The newly ordained concelebrate with the Bishops and Presbyters, thus exercising for the first time the power of the Holy Spirit consecrating the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.
The laying on of hands is the central act of the ordination to the prebyterate: being conformed to Christ the High Priest.