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HARTFORD – It was a joyous day for celebration and “firsts”on May 12 as Archbishop Henry J. Mansell ordained four men to the priesthood, including the first married priest and the first Vietnamese priest to serve in the Archdiocese of Hartford. The Cathedral of St. Joseph was the setting in which clergy, seminarians, family and friends gathered to celebrate the ordination of Father Mathieu Isaac, Father Robert Nelson Landback, Father Timothy Edward Ryan, and Father Nicola Nghĩa Hũu Trân. (Photos by David Royce)
The Austin organ at the Cathedral of St. Joseph includes more than 8,000 pipes.The candidates for ordination, from left,  Rev. Mr. Mathieu Isaac, Rev. Mr. Robert Nelson Landback, Rev. Mr. Timothy Edward Ryan and Rev. Mr. and Father Nicola N.H.Trân.The candidates for ordination, from left,  Rev. Mr. and Father Nicola N.H.Trân, Rev. Mr. Timothy Edward Ryan, Rev. Mr. Robert Nelson Landback and Rev. Mr. Mathieu Isaac.The men prostrated themselves during the Litany of the Saints.The men prostrated themselves during the Litany of the Saints.The men prostrated themselves during the Litany of the Saints.The men prostrated themselves during the Litany of the Saints.Archbishop Henry J. Mansell lays his hands upon candidate Mathieu Isaac in silence.Archbishop Henry J. Mansell lays his hands upon the head of candidate Robert Landback in silence.Archbishop Henry J. Mansell lays his hands upon the head of candidate Timothy Ryan in silence.Archbishop Henry J. Mansell lays his hands upon the head of candidate Nicola N.H. Trân in silence.One by one, the 70 priests in attendance silently lay their hands on the heads of the  candidates as well.

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