26 May 1991 – Ordination

A small selection of excerpts from my ordination in Rome in 1991.

Another well-known priest was ordained on the same day.

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88 Responses to 26 May 1991 – Ordination

  1. Would that be Fr. John Corapi?

  2. Fr. John Gordon says:

    Dear Fr. Z-

    Congratulations on the occasion of your anniversary. Mass and prayers offered for you. Ad multos annos!


  3. Central Valley says:

    Happy Anniversary. Thank you for being a priest.

  4. Marie says:

    Congratulations on the anniversary of your ordination! I will also be celebrating 18 years with my husband in a couple of months.

    What a bittersweet pleasure to see Pope John Paul II looking and sounding so strong. One does forget . . .

  5. Jake says:

    Fr. Z,

    Ad multo annos! Your sacrifices and prayers are much appreciated and very necessary in this tumultuous time. Many thanks for all that you’ve done and continue to do.

  6. Yes. ‘Was thinking Fr. Corapi as well.

  7. TNCath says:

    Ad multos annos, Fr. Z!

  8. Immaculatae says:

    Happy Anniversary! I will offer my Holy Communion for you tomorrow, in gratitude for your vocation and for all the graces you need as well as for your intentions.

    The 28th of May is my anniversary of baptism and Holy Communion in 1988.

  9. Tim Ferguson says:

    Pierre-Andre Dumas, currently bishop of Anse-a-Veau et Miragoane, Haiti?

  10. Tim: He also. But I have not met him since.

  11. Patricia Gonzalez says:

    Happy Anniversar, Father! Ad multos et faustissimos annos! God bless you, and grant you a long and fruitful life.

  12. May God bless the day, you have been a help to me in many ways, more than you may even realize, just knowing that there was someone like you out there in my time of need, was a blessing. May God Bless You and help you continue to touch people like me for many years to come. Things are getting better for me, and my family, and my blog has been an outlet for my frustrations :)

  13. cuaguy says:

    Thanks for sharing Fr. Z. Ad multos annos

  14. Ad multos annos, Fr. Z! And I hope you’re a priest for many years more too!! ;)

  15. Gloria says:

    God bless you, Father. You know how many of us are grateful for your vocation and what you have done with it. From me also, Ad multos annos. I will offer a spiritual bouquet of fifteen decades of the Rosary for your intentions.

  16. Jenny Z says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary! God bless you, thank you for being a priest.

  17. And congratulations, Father. My knowledge of and appreciation for the liturgy have improved considerably since I began frequenting your site.

  18. Domini Sumus says:

    Happy anniversary. Ad multos annos!

  19. Laura Lowder says:

    God bless you, Father Z, on this wonderful Anniversary!

  20. Happy Anniversary, Father!

  21. mom says:

    Thank you for answering the call, Father! Happy Anniversary!

  22. joy says:

    Deo Gratias! Ad multos annos!

  23. Ricky Vines says:

    From your digital diocese, happy anniversary.

  24. Trad Tom says:

    Congratulations and many blessings, Father Z!! You have been a voice of sanity and clarity in a crazy, mixed up period of Church history. Thank you!

  25. Denise says:

    Ad multos annos, Father Z! Thank you for answering the Lord’s call.

  26. tzard says:

    God bless you Fr. Z.

  27. Gail F says:

    Congratulations!!!! The slide show would not play for me so I will just imagine…

  28. Thanks for the greetings for the anniversary! Pray for the priests ordained on the same day.

  29. Joe says:

    In addition to Fr Corapi, SOLT, also another great Priest and Missionary, Fr Tony Anderson, SOLT

  30. Biff says:


    We know what Corapi did prior to ordination. What did you do?

  31. Mary W says:

    Happy Anniversary, Father! May God bless you with many more years.

  32. Barnabas says:

    Happy anniversary, Father, and thank you for all you do.

  33. Chris H. says:

    Ad multos annos!

    Better late than never, was out of town and off the grid!

  34. Axios! Axios! Axios!

  35. Lina says:

    Here’s to the next 18 years! You and all priests are in my prayers. It is too easy to forget that you priests give your lives for us, and the Church.

  36. SophiaGrace says:

    Happy Anniversary, Father Z! You have my prayers… And thank you…

  37. Supertradmom says:

    Congratulations and many happy years!

  38. Thank you, Happy Anniversary!

  39. Woody Jones says:

    Congratulations, Father, and adding my own “ad multos annos”.

    I like to brag that I met Fr. Corapi before he became famous, in the year following his ordination, I believe, when he happened to offer the Holy Sacrifice at St Anthony’s Monastery, Kennebunkport, ME, where I went to Mass while vacationing that year. I spoke to him afterwards and was really captivated by him. It was also the first time I had heard of SOLT, even though living here in Houston, just up the road.

  40. MargaretMN says:

    Our parish priest is celebrating his 26th anniversary this week. Is that a coincidence or do ordinations typically take place between the Feast of the Ascension and Pentecost?

  41. Fr Ray Blake says:

    Ad multos annos!

  42. Martin says:

    Happy anniversary Father. God bless you and all the priests.

  43. Londiniensis says:

    Many congratulations on your anniversary. Ad multos annos!

  44. ad multos annos!

  45. pelerin says:

    Congratulations Father Z on your anniversary. And grateful thanks for all the work you do in cyber space. Thank you also for sharing the video with us.

    The Hands of the Priest

    We need them in life’s early morning.
    We need them again at its close.
    We feel their warm clasp of true friendship.
    We seek them when tasting life’s woes.

    When we come to this world we are sinful,
    The greatest as well as the least
    And the hand that makes us as pure as angels
    Is the beautiful hand of the priest.

    And when we are tempted to wander,
    To the pathways of shame and of sin
    Tis the hand of the priest will absolve us,
    Not once, but again, and again.

    And when we are taking life’s partner,
    Other hands may prepare us a feast,
    But the hand that will bless and unite us
    Is the beautiful hand of the Priest.

    At the Altar each day we behold them.
    And the hands of a King on this throne
    Are not equal to them in their greatness
    Their dignity stands all alone.

    For there in the stillness of morning
    ‘Ere the sun has emerged from the East
    Our God rests between pure fingers
    Of the beautiful hands of the Priest.

    May God bless and keep them all holy.
    For the Host which their fingers caress.
    What can a poor sinner do better
    Than to ask him, who chose them, to bless.

    And when death dews on our eyelids are falling
    May our courage and strength be increased
    By seeing raised over us in blessing
    The beautiful hands of the Priest.

    From a prayer card published in England by the Carmelite Press some 45 years ago.

  46. Colleen says:

    Congratulations, Fr. Z., on the anniversary of your ordination. Thank you for having answered the call. May God bless you with a long life in his service.

  47. Alina ofs says:


    Ad multos annos!

    You are a mirror of Christ’s light in these dark times. God bless you and your good work. Also many blessings for those ordained together with you.

    Pace e bene,

    Alina ofs

  48. ckdexterhaven says:

    Congrats, Fr. Z. As a member of your virtual parish, I thank you for answering the call.

  49. Jay says:

    Happy Anniversary, may God bless you and all Priests.

  50. Rose in NE says:

    Happy anniversary and may God bless you!

  51. jarhead462 says:

    Ad Multos Annos!

    Semper Fi!

  52. Mitchell NY says:

    Congatulations and Happy Anniversary, Perhaps one day you could blog your feelings and emotions that day. Also what were yur expectations and what were your surprises along the way..Also what has changed since your ordination. I bet it would be an interesting post into the life of an inspirational Priest and would get many to think about a vocation..Ad Multos Annos Father.

  53. Candy says:

    Congratulations to the Glenn Beck of the blogosphere!

  54. Fabiano, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil says:

    Father Z,
    Congratulations from Brazil! Eighteen years fully serving the Lord!I’ve been following your blog for some time now. It is enlightening for us even miles abroad!

  55. irishgirl says:

    A belated congratulations on your ordination anniversary, Fr. Z!

    Isn’t that cool-you and Fr. Corapi being ordained by John Paul II on the same day! And Mother Teresa was there, too!

    We of your ‘virtual parish’ love you-and all priests, too!

    My priest-friend from England, Fr. Kevin Foulkes, will be celebrating his 27th anniversary this coming Sunday (Pentecost). It was the exact same day that he was ordained by JP II in 1982, the last day of the Holy Father’s visit to Britain!

  56. Immaculatae says:

    FrZ, this video is beautiful! Thank you for sharing it. Prayers for all of those ordained with you as well. Please send your little flock a virtual blessing :)

  57. JlovesR says:

    Thank you for answering the call of the Holy Spirit. Continued prayers for you and all of our devoted and selfless priests.

  58. JML says:

    Fr. Z

    Congratulations on 18 years in His priesthood. May He grant you many more years.

    A couple of questions if I may:
    When did it hit you that you were really a priest? And,
    Was your family present at your ordination?

  59. Fr. Z,

    Tanti Auguri


  60. Jillian says:

    Congratulations, Fr. Z! Ad multos annos! Thank you for being a priest, and thank you for all you do… I have learned a lot from you over the years (blog and AFQB).

  61. MAJ Tony says:

    Herr Vater Z.

    “Gott sei dank” for your Priesthood!


  62. frere Wilfrid says:

    I was one of the deacons at that Mass (a diocesan brother was being ordained). Ad multos annos, Fr Z, and more power to your cyber pen!

  63. Jim of Bowie says:

    I agree with Mitchell NY. That would be a fascinating post.
    I didn’t see Cardinal Ratzinger there. You would have had two popes at your ordination.

  64. Ann says:

    Happy Priestly Anniversary Father. May you have continued blessing upon your ministry.

  65. Fr. Robert says:

    Ad moltos annos and tanti aguri!

    Your brothers here in Kalamazoo rejoice in your effective and holy priesthood and pray God bless and increase your efforts for his glory!

    In Christ and St. Philip,
    Fr. Robert Sirico and Community

  66. Mila says:

    Ad multos annos, Fr. Z. May God bless you and your work. I’ll offer my Mass and communion for your intentions tomorrow. May you be richly blessed as you continue to work for the Lord.

  67. Lirioroja says:

    Happy anniversary Father! Ad multos annos!

  68. faithful one says:

    Dear Fr Z,
    Thank you for accepting God’s call to the Priesthood. You are in my prayers.HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!
    Thank you for your teachings and clarifications on the Catholic Moral Teachings.
    We learn more from HOLY priests than from POPULAR secular priests. Love and prayers from your virtual parishioners. God bless you.

  69. Kaneohe says:

    Happy anniversary Fr. Z!

    May God continue to bless you in your many ministries, your service to Him, the Church, and to lucky us!

    My prayers are yours.

    Grace and peace.

  70. terra says:

    Congratulations! You are in my prayers.

  71. Mattk says:

    Happy Anniversary Fr. Z! May your heart grow large enough to break some ribs!

  72. Happy Anniversary Father. Thank you for your gift to us.

  73. fortradition says:

    God bless you on this happy anniversary day.
    May you continue to lead many souls to their
    eternal destiny in heaven. Thanks for saying yes to Jesus’ call.

  74. Ad multos annos, Father! I’ll pray for your intentions at Adoration this evening.

  75. Sandy says:

    God bless you, Father, and thank you for ALL you do – everything Catholic, and beautiful bird photos also that make me smile!

  76. J. Wong says:

    Fr. Z,

    Congratulations on your anniversary. May the Lord continue blessing you and all you do.

    Our Lady of Sheshan pray for us.

  77. Peter says:

    Congratulations, Father! Ad multos annos! You have done so very much for so many of us and many whom you will not know in this life.

  78. David says:

    Dear Father Z,

    As so many others have said, on this special day “ad multos annos!”

    Thank you for answering the Call.

    Please continue your noble work.

    God Bless!


  79. Lois says:

    God bless you Father Z!

  80. Jayna says:

    Congratulations and Happy Anniversary! I daily pray for you and, indeed, for all priests for all the sacrifices that you have made for all of us.

  81. For Fr. Z and for all priests:

    Keep them; I pray Thee, dearest Lord.
    Keep them, for they are Thine
    The priests whose lives burn out before
    Thy consecrated shrine.

    Keep them, for they are in the world,
    Though from the world apart.
    When earthly pleasures tempt, allure-
    Shelter them in Thy heart.

    Keep them and comfort them in hours
    Of loneliness and pain,
    When all their life of sacrifice
    For souls seems but in vain.

    Keep them and remember, Lord,
    they have no one but Thee.
    Yet, they have only human hearts,
    With human frailty.

    Keep them as spotless as the Host,
    That daily they caress;
    Their every thought and word and deed,
    Deign, dearest Lord, to bless.

    John Joseph Cardinal Carberry (+1998 )
    Archbishop of St. Louis (1968-1979)
    Bishop of Columbus (1965-1968 )
    Bishop of Lafayette-in-Indiana (1957-1965)

  82. michigancatholic says:

    Happy Anniversary, Fr. Z! Thank you for all you do for us and for the Church.

  83. Ole Doc Farmer says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary!

  84. Prof. Basto says:

    Congratulations for the anniversary, Father.

    Ad multos annos!

  85. Fr. Totton says:

    Congratulations Father. Ad Multos Annos

    Oremus pro invicem.

  86. I am out of the loop for two days and I miss the anniversary of your ordination, Father Z! I wish I had a chance to have read/watched this on Monday. Happy belated anniversary, you are always in my prayers!

    And, thanks to everyone who posts their opinions, experiences, information and advice on this blog. I have learned quite a bit about current Church events, articles to read, books to read, topics of debate to think about, not to mention all that has come up about the Liturgy! All of this has brought me closer to Christ and I am truly thankful to you for all of that.

  87. mfg says:

    Dear Fr. Z: Awesome news! Congratulations Father. I was privileged to attend a 50th priestly anniversary 2 weeks ago and I will be going to another 50th priestly anniversary mid-June, both in Oakland, CA, both Dominican Friars (dogs of the Lord), both friends of a lifetime. I wish you the same faithfulness and longevity. Whenever I am asked who is my pastor, I answer, I have 2: Fr. CW and Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, but only Fr. Zuhlsdorf passes along useful culinary tips. Ad multos annos. I hope your red ink never runs dry.

  88. Indelible Inkstain says:

    I’m late to the party but I just want to add my thanks and congratulations as well. Your work is a blessing to us all.

    Happy Anniversary