On June 6th, the Saturday within the octave of Pentecost, H.E. Bp. Fellay ordained four seminarians to the holy Priesthood and another four to the Diaconate.
Due to the unprecedented circumstances of national travel and health restrictions, St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary hosted this year’s ordinations privately. .. Despite the smaller scale of the ceremony, the Seminary was nevertheless overjoyed on the occasion of eight seminarians receiving major orders. Four were ordained to the Diaconate and another four to the holy Priesthood:
Fr. Jonas Gaydosh, Fr. Rami Madanat, Fr. Patrick Sheahan, and Fr. Nicholas Kracht
During this time of distress and uncertainty, these new priests are called by Christ to go forth into the vineyard as heralds of peace and truth. Where there is fear, they must sow the seed of hope, where there is anger, humility and meekness of heart, where there is sadness, the joy of the Gospel. The many trials that threaten and press upon souls must be made light and efficacious by their words and example.
The newly ordained are called to follow in the footsteps of Christ to the foot of the Cross, the foot of the altar, to be a mediator between God and man by offering the Sacrifice that redeemed the world and by forgiving sins which hold man in bondage. Through the mouth of the bishop, Our Lord speaks to His new priests, “I will not now call you servants, but friends... You are my friends, if you do what I command you.”
What is it that Christ commands His friends? “If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me.” The priest is therefore a man crucified, a man chosen and called to live only for God, offering himself as a sacrifice for the salvation of souls. He is called to pour forth into souls the grace which flows in abundance from the the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
While a great deal of fear and division racks the world around us, we ask that you join us in rejoicing for the ineffable gift of the priesthood, which is so viciously attacked in our times. Join us in thanksgiving and prayer for the newly ordained, whose vocations are a blessing for the world and a joy for the Church.