12 Ordinations in as many hours
August 5, 2012 4 Comments
This week in Australia is National Vocations Awareness week, and it started for me in no better fashion than being able to celebrate with twelve different ordinands.
On Friday night, in the Parish of St Peter and St Paul South Melbourne four Capuchin friars were ordained Deacons. The Capuchins and I have had a long connection, since early in my Seminary years my spiritual director was the late Father Denis Ward OFM Cap. With four new deacons, the future looks bright for Caps. These four young men bring with them a great deal of passion and vigour, and will do great work, in the spirit of St Francis.
Saturday Morning in Sydney, eight men were ordained priests, a number whom I knew quite well. It was a wonderful sight to see a full cathedral celebrate with this group of men as they begin their priestly lives. Special mentions should be given to the homily preached by cardinal Pell, although not online yet, it should be found here in a couple of days and read by all. Lacking patience as I do, I had to keep reminding myself that the long ceremony was not a bad thing, but a great thing, as eight men being ordained together only shows that the Church is alive and well.
Let no one tell you that the Church in Australia is dead, or that the ordained priesthood when authentically proposed, fails to attract vocations. The Church is alive and well, and this weekend, and the promise of the Lord never to leave his people without shepherds was well witnessed to. You may have to go back a few decades to see it, but twelve ordinations in one weekend is a great boost to the Church in Australia, and to the spirit of all those present at either celebration.
Let us continue to pray, this week in particular, that many more young men will hear the call of the Lord and answer with courage.
Thanks to David at Sentire Cum Ecclesia it looks like Melbourne will have an ordination of eight men of its own to celebrate this September as it seems the four diocesan clergy being ordained will be joined by four men being ordained for the Anglican ordinariate.