Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Priesthood....

In a few hours, three Holy Cross religious will be ordained to the Order of Presbyter in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame. Having taken final vows in Holy Cross and ordained to the transitional diaconate last August, they will today be ordained as priests. Archbishop John Vlazny of the Archdiocese of Portland, OR will preside. Please keep in your prayers

Rev. Mr. Vincent A. Kuna, CSC
Rev. Mr. Charles F. McCoy, CSC
Rev. Mr. Aaron J. Michka, CSC

Thanks be to God for the vocation given to these three religious for service to the Church!

Also, yesterday, the 17th, marked my 5th anniversary as a priest. Throughout the day I was mindful of the many ways God has blessed my life through the priesthood and, hopefully, the ways God has been able to use me as an imperfect instrument of His grace and presence in our world. Here is a quote that comprised my first blog post back in May of 2008.

"To live in the midst of the world without wishing its pleasures; to be a member of each family, yet belonging to none; to share all sufferings; to penetrate all secrets; to heal all wounds; to go from men to God and offer Him their prayers; to return from God to men to bring pardon and hope; to have a heart of fire for charity and a heart of bronze for chastity; to teach and to pardon, console and bless always. My God, what a life! And it is yours, O Priest of Jesus Christ." - Lacordaire

1 comment:

~ Katie Spillman said...

Wow, Michael, 5 years! That's wonderful --- many blessings to you!