Saturday, May 12, 2007

"You are a priest forever..."

This is the day that the Lord has made!

What joy that today, at 11 a.m., at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Derry, New Hampshire, two men will be ordained into the priesthood of Jesus Christ. Our brothers, Philip Pacheco and Andy Rennie, through the ancient laying on of hands by Bishop John McCormack and anointing with oil will become God's holy priests.

You couldn't ask for two better men to assume this great ministry. Both Andy and Phil have walked a long road of formation and studies and now come to this day, the first day that they will make present Jesus in the form of His Body and Blood, the first of many days that they will minister the Sacraments of God to His people.

It is a day of memory for me as well. Today is the anniversary of my ordination as a Transitional Deacon, and I too was ordained a priest by Bishop McCormack at St. Thomas. So, I share greatly in the joy that Andy, Phil and our entire Franciscan family experience today.

Pray for these two new priests!!

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