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A New Priest for the Canons Regular

Updated: Jun 1, 2022

The ordination of Father Joseph Brom, SJC to the Order of Priesthood took place on Saturday, May 21st at Holy Name Cathedral.

Ordination Photo credit: Karen Callaway, Chicago Catholic


"With praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God, we welcome a new priest! I am delighted to welcome our newly ordained priest Father Joseph Brom to our parish for his First Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving," shared Superior General, The Very Rev. Joshua Caswell, SJC on Sunday May 22nd, 2022.

Father Joseph was ordained on Saturday May 21st, 2022 at Holy Name Cathedral by Cardinal Blase Cupich along with Fr. Colm Mitchell of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

The Very Rev. Joshua Caswell, SJC continued, "All newly ordained priests spend their first year at St. John Cantius, the motherhouse of the Canons Regular, so Fr. Joseph will be with us this coming year. Also in his first year, Father Joseph will study Canon Law at the Catholic University of America."

More photos will be shared soon.

Group photo from Fr. Joseph Brom's First Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving, May 22, 2022 at St. John Cantius Church, Chicago.


The Canons Regular announce the ordination of a new priest. Joseph Brom, SJC will be ordained a priest of Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit and the imposition of hands on May 21st at Holy Name Cathedral. Although attendance is limited, you can watch the livestream here.

Joseph Brom, SJC will celebrate his first Solemn High Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, May 22nd at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Cantius Church. The first Blessings of Father Joseph will follow Mass and a reception will follow in the Parish Hall.

Father Joseph Brom, SJC

Father Joseph Brom, SJC, who entered the Canons Regular in 2013, was ordained to the Order of Presbyter on Saturday, May 21st by Cardinal Blase Cupich at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago.

Father Joseph Brom, SJC grew up in Lisle, IL, and is the son of Richard and Peg Brom. He attended Bennet Academy before studying at the University of Illinois in Champaign, IL. He later received a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Penn State University.

Some of Father Joseph’s hobbies include reading, kayaking, bird-watching, and studying Church liturgy. Father Joseph shares, “I am very humbled by all the prayers and support that I have received in my time of formation, and especially now as my ordination to the priesthood approaches. I hope that I can be a priest after the heart of Christ, bringing the sacraments and the good news of salvation to all.”

Father Joseph will be assigned at St. John Cantius Church as a parochial vicar, celebrating the sacraments and preaching. Canon Law studies at the Catholic University of America are ongoing for Father Joseph. He will be finishing in the summer of 2024 with a Licentiate of Canon Law (J.C.L.)


About the Canons Regular: The Canons Regular of St. John Cantius is a religious community of men dedicated to the restoration of the sacred. The community was founded in 1998 under Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I. and now has 24 members from the United States, Canada, and Poland. Currently the Canons Regular serve in three parishes in two dioceses: St. John Cantius Parish in Chicago, St. Peter Parish in Volo, and St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Springfield, Illinois.

The Canons imitate Christ, live in radical opposition to the values of the world, and work to restore the sacred in the Church and in their own lives, seeking the sanctification of all.

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