Monday, July 11, 2005

Fifteen new priests!

I realize this is old news for some, but others may not have heard:

Priests forever: 15 men make history at archdiocese’s largest ordination in decades
In an ancient ritual, each ordinand knelt before Archbishop Flynn, who laid his hands on their heads as he silently prayed for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. For more than 30 minutes, hundreds of priests also streamed past the kneeling ordinands, stopping briefly to place their hands on each one as a sign of unity.
Did you catch that? Hundreds of priests. A little imprecise perhaps, but it sure conjures up an image. It must have been a sight!

For great photos of the event, go here. (Photo page courtesy Veritatis Splendor)

This is the lucky fella of those 15 who was assigned to my parish, Nativity of Our Lord: Fr. James Liekhus.
At 25, he's now the youngest priest in the state of MN.

Fun anecdote:

A special memory Liekhus has is when he met Pope John Paul II after a private Mass with him. As he stood in line waiting for the Holy Father to greet him, Liekhus reviewed in his mind what he was going to say.
“I was going to say something like, ‘Pray for us, Holy Father’ or ‘God bless you, Holy Father,’” Liekhus said.
But when the pope stood before him, Liekhus couldn’t speak. “I just genuflected and kissed his ring like everybody else, and I had a huge smile on my face,” he said with a chuckle.
See the article here.

3 Comments:

At 7/17/2005 1:37 PM, Anonymous your 2 favorite fans said...

What a wonderful tribute to the St.Paul-Mpls. Diocese! And we are so proud of our 2 in the New Ulm Diocese----especially Father Craig Timmerman from St. Clotilde Parish, Green Valley, MN. ! What a joy for us--and a privilege. We pray for these expecially and for all priests. May God continue to bless them, give them strength and courage.

 
At 7/21/2005 3:08 PM, Blogger Der Tommissar said...

In an ancient ritual, each ordinand knelt before Archbishop Flynn, who laid his hands on their heads as he silently prayed for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

Wasn't the ritual reformed sometime in the 70's?

 
At 7/21/2005 11:17 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

Hmmmm... The ritual may well have been reformed in the 70's, but I'm too young to remember. Someone more knowledgable than I could perhaps confirm this?

Either way, the similarities with the old form of the rite (i.e. the laying on of hands) are probably enough for the Catholic Spirit to gloss over the differences and still call it "ancient".

 

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