Two Loyola Alumni Become Priests

Priest and Chalice

Wed, 06/12/2013

Two Loyola New Orleans Alumni were recently ordained into the Roman Catholic priesthood in early June.   Fr. Daniel E. Green was ordained a priest in the Archdiocese of New Orleans on June 1 while Fr. Raul A. Navarro, S. J. was ordained a Jesuit priest in the New Orleans Province on June 8.   The two University of Loyola New Orleans Alumni have very interesting and different stories in their path to the priesthood.   

Father Daniel Howard Green

On June 1, 2013, New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond ordained Daniel Howard Green into the priesthood.  The Mass of Ordination was celebrated at  St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, LA.

Fr. Daniel Green was born in Melbourne, Fla. but moved to New Orleans 3 short months later.   He is the son of Mrs. Donnie Lancelin Sr. and the late Laurence M. Green.   Graduating from St. Augustine High School in New Orleans in 2003, he went for his B.A. in political science from Loyola University New Orleans, which he received in 2007.   While at Loyola, Daniel served as the President of the Student Government Association (SGA) and was active on active.   Soon after his graduation he entered the Notre Dame Seminary in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans.   During his time at the seminary, he served internships at St. Andrew the Apostle (2008), St. Matthew the Apostle (2009), St. Peter Claver (2010) and a hospital chaplaincy in Houston (2011) while his Diaconate Internship was performed at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, in Belle Chasse, La.

His ordination was a true witness to the Daniel's Catholic community, and Loyola is honored and proud to call him an alumni.    As he states, “At our diaconate ordination, we were pretty much doing what the emcee told us, so I didn’t really remember a whole lot of what had gone on, " Father Green said.  This time I was much more present to what was going on and aware of the archbishop’s words to us. There was just a real sense of being surprisingly calm and ready. I hope to let others know the love of God so that they might come to know him and be followers of his in a deeper and more intimate way.”

During the Mass, each newly ordained priest was vested in a chasuble by his mentor priest, Father Tony Ricard.  Fr. Green is expected to report to his new parish, Visitation of Our Lady Church in Marrero on July 1.

Fr. Raul Navarro, S.J.

On June 8, 2013, a new Jesuit priest, Raul Navarro, S.J. was ordained by New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond. The Mass of Ordination was celebrated at Holy Name of Jesus Church on Loyola's campus in New Orleans.

Raul Navarro, S.J. was born in Mexico City and moved to the United States at the age of 12.   His family settled in New Orleans, and Raul attended Redemptorist High School, and then went on to study at Loyola University New Orleans, earning a bachelor's degree in geology in 1983.   At Loyola, Raul first became acquainted with the Society of Jesus and also found a place that would become his academic and professional home for nearly two decades.   After graduating from college, he worked at Loyola in the Financial Affairs Office and earned two more degrees: a master's degree in education and a Master of Business Administration.   He was also active in university ministry and assisted at student retreats, while discerning a Jesuit vocation.   In 2002, Raul entered the novitiate of the Jesuits and spent two years in Grand Coteau, Louisiana, when he took his vows in 2004.   This was followed by philosophy and theology studies at Loyola University Chicago.   As part of his regency assignment, he taught at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in Houston and helped open the Cristo Rey school in that city.   Following regency, Raul studied theology at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California, where he earned a Master of Divinity.   Among his memorable formation experiences are his long experiment in Guadalajara, mission trips to Mexico City and last year's trip to the Philippines, which was his first visit to his parents' homeland.  Following ordination, Navarro will serve at Immaculate Conception Church ('Jesuit Church') on Baronne Street in New Orleans.

Loyola University is proud of the many priests, pastors, deacons and religious women that have entered religious life.  We welcome these two new priests to our list of Loyola alumni who serve the various Christian communities of the world.   Loyola is proud.