- The Washington Times - Friday, June 10, 2005

Dan Hanley has ended his many years of study for the priesthood with a view of history: the election of Pope Benedict XVI.

Each time smoke poured out of the smokestack above St. Peter’s Square during the papal conclave in April, he and other seminarians would race to the square from the nearby North American College.

?We are here for this,? he said in an interview in April from a balcony atop the college, pointing at St. Peter’s Basilica about three blocks away, ?and we bring it home.?

Mr. Hanley, 33, is one of four Catholic seminarians in the Diocese of Arlington to be ordained into the priesthood today. He hails from St. John’s Catholic Church in McLean.

In Rome, he and other seminarians bought 5,000 medallions showing a likeness of the Virgin Mary, blessed them, then passed them on to pilgrims.

Studying in Rome opened his eyes to the ?universality? of the Catholic Church, he said.

Mr. Hanley and three other deacons will be ordained as priests by Bishop Paul Loverde at 11 a.m. today at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington.

The other ordinands are:

• Ramon Baez, who will be the first Hispanic ordained a priest in the diocese.

A Puerto Rican, Mr. Baez is a former lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.

• James Searby, who worked in marketing and public relations for several years, including a stint with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

During a circus stop in Portland, Maine, he met a priest who encouraged him to consider joining the priesthood. After a year praying about the matter, he entered seminary.

• Andrew Heintz, who got his inspiration to become a priest from his involvement with the Knights of Columbus and from the life and writings of Pope John Paul II.

The seventh of 10 children, Mr. Heintz wishes to minister to Hispanic Catholics.

The diocese estimates that half of its nearly 400,000 members are Hispanic.

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