Pontiac native ordained Capuchin priest

Fr. Jason Graves, OFM Cap., right, stands with Bishop David Zywiec, OFM Cap., and Fr. Michael Sullivan, OFM Cap., after his priestly ordination at St. Bonaventure Monastery on April 7. (Courtesy of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph)
DETROIT — The Capuchin Province of St. Joseph gained a new priest April 7 at Fr. Jason Graves, OFM Cap., was ordained at St. Bonaventure Monastery Chapel.

Fr. Graves is a native of Pontiac and is the son of David and Janie Graves. He was ordained a deacon for the order on Aug. 6, 2017.

Fr. Michael Sullivan, OFM Cap., provincial minister for the Province of St. Joseph, expressed gratitude for the new priest’s vocation, saying the Capuchins have been “joyfully anticipating” the occasion.

Fr. Graves will serve his first assignment at two Milwaukee-area Capuchin parishes, and will also serve as assistant vocation director for the province.

“Ministering as a deacon has been one of the highlights of my ministerial life,” Fr. Graves said. “Presbyteral ordination will allow me to serve the community in new and exciting ways. In a sense, it feels like the end of one long journey, and the beginning of something new that promises to be both challenging and filled with abundant grace and blessings.”