November 1, 2023 | Local News, Vocations
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Seminarian Christopher French stands before Bishop William F. Medley during his admission to candidacy at the Saturday evening Mass at Holy Spirit Parish in Bowling Green on Sept. 30, 2023. RILEY GREIF | WKC

Christopher French admitted to candidacy


On Sept. 30, 2023, diocesan seminarian Christopher French was admitted to candidacy, which is the next step of his discernment and formation process toward the priesthood. During this rite, which took place during the Saturday evening Mass at Holy Spirit Parish in Bowling Green (French’s home parish), he publicly expressed to Bishop William F. Medley and the congregation his intention to receive the sacrament of Holy Orders first as a transitional deacon and later as a priest.

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Seminarian Christopher French sings from the hymnal before the Sept. 30, 2023 Saturday evening Mass at Holy Spirit Parish in Bowling Green, during which he will be admitted to candidacy. RILEY GREIF | WKC

(Left to right) Seminarian Hunter Dickens, seminarian Conrad Jaconette, Bishop William F. Medley, seminarian Christopher French, and vocation director Fr. Daniel Dillard after French’s Sept. 30, 2023 admission to candidacy at Holy Spirit Parish in Bowling Green. RILEY GREIF | WKC

Originally printed in the November 2023 issue of The Western Kentucky Catholic.

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