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Only on Angelus: Notes from Father Jasper’s ordination

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Kathy Jasper was in the front of the line for the very first of “first blessings” her son Father Rich Jasper bestowed following his ordination by Bishop Malooly May 20 at the Cathedral of St. Peter.

It was a special moment between a mother and her priest-son that Kathy Jasper had anticipated for a long time.

“I’m ecstatic,” she said after the blessing, “because people don’t know he was only two pounds when he was born. That’s 42 years ago when they didn’t have all this technology,” she said.

“I’ve always said to him, ‘God has a reason for you to live,’” she added. Read more »

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‘Be Jesus for others’: Bishop Malooly’s homily at the ordination of Father Rich Jasper

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The following is excerpted from the text of Bishop Malooly’s homily during the Ordination Mass of Father Jasper, May 20, at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Wilmington.

 

On behalf of the Church of Wilmington I want to begin by thanking Rich’s parents, Rick and Kathy, for bringing their son to life in Christ through baptism. Also, Brian, we are grateful for your support of your brother.

It is in baptism that the seeds of the priestly vocation are first planted. My dear parents, you are an important part of God’s mysterious call, and I want to recognize that from the start. Read more »

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