FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 9, 2021
BISHOP NICHOLAS DIMARZIO ORDAINS FOUR MEN AS PRIESTS
TO SERVE THE DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN
The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, this past Saturday, June 5, 2021, ordained four men as priests during a Mass of Ordination held at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, located at 856 Pacific Street in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn.
The four new priests to serve the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens, and their assignments are as follows:
*Father Robinson Olivares born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Harlem in the 1980s, he credits God with keeping his family safe and on the right path. He began his career in Information Technology as a technical support engineer, but shortly thereafter, felt a void in his life. Mr. Olivares became involved at his local church, as he felt God calling him to the priesthood. He completed his seminarian studies in Massachusetts at the Pope St. John Paul XXIII National Seminary. Father Olivares has been assigned to the parish of St. Matthias in the Ridgewood section of Queens.
*Father Joseph Hung Sy Tran born in Vietnam, began to serve as an altar boy at the age of 10 and two years later, at 12 years old, he told his parents he wanted to be a priest. Mr. Tran, who has three uncles who are priests, began his studies in Vietnam. Upon arriving in the United States three years ago, he continued to study at the Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Connecticut, and at the Notre Dame Graduate School of Theology in New Orleans. He is an avid sports fan who enjoys playing soccer, tennis, volleyball, and ping pong. Father Tran has been assigned to the parish of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in the Astoria section of Queens.
*Father Elvin Torres born in the Dominican Republic, holds a degree in philosophy from the Pontifical University Catholic Mother and Teacher in the Dominican Republic. He also earned a degree in education. At the age of eight, while regularly attending Mass with his family, he felt something special, a feeling of joy and peace, which he would later realize was God calling him to the priesthood. Mr. Torres was involved in his parish as a teenager. He originally entered the seminary in the Dominican Republic but left, to become a public school teacher where he taught Human and Religious Formation. He later moved to the U.S. and entered the Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Massachusetts. Mr. Torres enjoys playing baseball. Father Torres has been assigned to the parish of St. Sebastian in the Woodside section of Queens.
*Father Chin Nguyen born in Vietnam, remembers the exact moment in the seventh grade he decided to become a priest. At a young age, he attended Mass every day, and became an altar server in the sixth grade. Mr. Nguyen arrived in the United States in 2010, enrolled at St. John’s University where he studied philosophy, and then entered St. Joseph’s Seminary and College in Yonkers. Father Nguyen has been assigned to the parish of St. Luke in the Whitestone section of Queens,
The photos attached are courtesy of the Diocese of Brooklyn.
Photo #1 – Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio joins the newly ordained priests (left to right) Father Chin Nguyen, Father Hung Sy Tran, Father Elvin Torres Santo, and Father Robinson Olivares, along with Auxiliary Bishops of the Diocese of Brooklyn (left to right) including Bishop Raymond Chappetto, Bishop Neil Tiedemann, Bishop James Massa, Bishop Paul Sanchez, and Bishop Witold Mroziewski.
Photo #2– As part of the ordination Mass, as a symbol of Holy Orders, the four ordinands prostrated themselves on the altar floor during the Litany of the Saints.
Photo #3– From left to right: Father Tran, Father Olivares, Father Nguyen, and Father Torres face the congregation immediately following their ordination as priests on June 5, 2021, at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph.