Watch Deacons Matthew and Blake become priests live on May 26

On May 26, Bishop John Noonan will ordain Deacons Matthew Hawkins and Blake Britton to the Order of Priesthood at 10 a.m. at St. James Cathedral in Orlando. Pray with us for the ordinands as they begin their ministry to God’s children in the Diocese of Orlando. Watch their ordination live via or

Pope Francis said, during the celebration of Mass, “The priest says ‘lift up your hearts.’ He does not say, ‘lift up your cell phones to take pictures.’ The Mass is livestreamed and professional photos of the celebration will be available after Mass at Please honor the dignity and solemnity of this important Mass by refraining from any photography. So, as Pope Francis asks, turn off your phones, I-Pads and put them away.

Complimentary Valet Parking will be available from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. between St. James Cathedral and the Chancery building. Overflow seating will be available in the Chapel and Parish Hall with live video to the Mass.

Upon his ordination, Reverend Mr. Matthew Hawkins is appointed parochial vicar of St. James Cathedral, Orlando, effective June 18. Reverend Mr. Blake Britton is appointed parochial vicar of St. Mary Catholic Church, Rockledge, effective June 18. Click here to read about their journeys to the priesthood.