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‘Amazed, grateful and in awe’

April 9th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: ,

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Even after more than 40 years as a priest I find myself amazed and surprised in the ministry. The amazement comes from the types of ministry into which I have been called. The surprise is the way I view priesthood both in itself and in its relationship with the laity of the parishes where I have ministered.

I always felt called to parish ministry. Since ordination, however, I have discovered the rich mosaic of that ministry. 

Looking back, I am amazed that I had the privilege of working in a university campus parish with young adults and faculty, in providing ministry in both Spanish and English, in making weekly visits to share faith with the men on death row at the prison near the parish, and most recently becoming the planter and founder of a new Catholic church community. Read more »

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The priesthood: A ministry not my own

April 9th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: ,

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The most meaningful day of my priestly career began with a call from a former student. Her grandmother had been lying in bed at the final stage of her life while the family waited for the end to arrive. 

After two weeks of waiting, her aunts began to wonder why their mother was holding on to life with such tenacity. My former student guessed that her grandmother, a believing Catholic, was waiting for a priest’s visit before beginning her passage into eternity.  Read more »

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The sacrament of holy orders: At the service of communion

April 9th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: ,

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Over the course of 2,000 years, the church has canonized myriad bishops, priests and deacons. Certainly each of these men lived an exemplary life of holiness, but what is common to all of them is their path to holiness was marked by a unique sacrament: holy orders. 

The term “order” (“ordo” in Latin) refers to a group or a body into which a man is incorporated through the rite of “ordination” (“ordinatio”). Read more »

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Living Our Faith: Sacrament Series — Holy Orders

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The rite of ordination bestows on the new bishop, priest or deacon a special gift of the Holy Spirit, which

Eleven men lie prostrate during their ordination as priests in the Dominican order during a May 21, 2016, Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. Father Herb Weber, pastor of St. John XXIII Parish in Perrysburg, Ohio, said sharing in the universal priesthood is what has allowed him to be part of the community in which he can also serve in a way that constantly holds him in awe. (CNS photo/Jaclyn Lippelmann, Catholic Standard)

enables him to exercise a sacred power for the service, upbuilding and communion of the church.

A priest knows that he is not alone in his ministry. It is not his ministry to begin with. It is the ministry of Jesus that he entrusted to the church.

There is a relationship between ordained priesthood and the universal priesthood of the baptized. The priesthood is not for the priest alone but for the entire community.

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