The Archdiocese of Washington is set to ordain 16 men to the priesthood later this month, an increase of 10 compared with 2023. 

According to the archdiocese, the Mass of Ordination will take place June 15 at 10 a.m. at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The Mass will be livestreamed on the archdiocesan YouTube channel.

The ordinands this year include a former ER doctor, several who served in the armed forces, and a former D.C. police officer. Last year six men were ordained, according to the Catholic Standard. 

Local parishes throughout Maryland and D.C. are hosting Holy Hours in the weeks prior to the 2024 ordination, and Catholics are invited to pray before the Blessed Sacrament for the men who will become priests. 

In 2022, 10 men were ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Washington, and in 2021 just one man was.