26 May 1991 – Ordination

A video excerpt from my ordination in Rome in 1991.

Imposition of hands.

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88 Responses to 26 May 1991 – Ordination

  1. Vincenzo says:

    Happy anniversary Father.

  2. YadaYada says:

    ad multos annos

  3. Antioch_2013 says:

    Grant, O Lord, a prosperous and peaceful life, health, salvation, and furtherance in all good things to thy servant, the priest John, and preserve him for many years!

  4. RichR says:

    I’ll bet that was an incredible moment.

    Did you say your first Mass in Rome? If so, what church? OF or EF?

    That’s just so cool. Thanks for sharing.

  5. drwob says:

    Happy Anniversary! You’re in our family’s prayers, as always.

  6. Agnes of Prague says:

    Blessed Anniversary! I will offer my next rosary for you.

  7. seanl says:

    Extra prayers for you on your anniversary, Father!

  8. Random Friar says:

    Ad multos annos! The Lord’s blessings upon you, and may He draw you ever closer to His Sacred Heart.

  9. DisturbedMary says:

    God love you, Father.

  10. JamesA says:

    Another year already ?! A very happy anniversary to you, dear Father. Thank you for teaching and encouraging us. Thank you for saying “yes” to God.
    Ad multos annos !!!

  11. r.j.sciurus says:

    Happy Anniversary! I think a party is in order next year!

  12. Jack Hughes says:

    Happy Anniversary Father !!!

  13. pelerin says:

    When I tried to play the video I received the message that ‘this plugin has been blocked for my protection!’ I am not sure what I am being protected against but Happy Anniversary Father Z and grateful thanks for all you do for us on your blog.

  14. brjeromeleo says:

    Happy Anniversary, ad multos annos! Thanks so much for all you do for us. WDTPRS is an important part of so many lives, mine included! Thanks for saying yes to God and being a Priest after His own Heart.

  15. Rose in NE says:

    Awesome! Happy anniversary, Father!

  16. HighMass says:

    Fr Z.

    Thank YOU for all YOU do for the Catholic Faithful. Happy 19th Anniversary of Your Ordination! :) Did You Celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the OF or EF?

    May God Grant YOU many more YEARS

    Cento Anni, con la Benidizione di Dio!!!

  17. zapman says:

    Happy anniversary, Father!

  18. Martial Artist says:

    Blessed and happy anniversary, Father.

    Keith Töpfer

  19. Barnabas says:

    Happy Anniversary, Father! Thank you for all you do, you are in my prayers that God may continue to bless you!

  20. chloesmom says:

    Happy Anniversary, Father! Ad multos et faustissimos annos!

  21. J Kusske says:

    The most important question has already been asked. The second most important is what dish are you going to make, with what vintage, to mark the occasion? With pictures and step-by-step directions, please!

  22. Joan M says:

    Happy Anniversary, Father, and many more to come.

  23. JohnMa says:

    Happy Anniversary Father Z!!! I agree with a big party being held for the big 20.

  24. Reginald Pole says:

    Happy Anniversary, Father Z, ad multos annos!

  25. Magpie says:

    Happy anniversary Father Z.

  26. annina says:

    Happy anniversary!

  27. JosephMary says:

    Many blessings on you, Father.

    May God give you His Peace.

  28. Father Flores says:

    Ad multos annos brother priest.

  29. Sacristymaiden says:

    Happy anniversary! Many blessed years in peace, health, and happiness!

  30. Cath says:

    Happy Anniversary Fr. Z. I am so grateful for all I have learned on this blog. I even love the recipes!

  31. Maltese says:

    Really cool pic! Nineteen years a priest, eh? We need more like you!

  32. AngelineOH says:

    Happy anniversary, Father Z. You are such a blessing to us all, and my prayers are with you always. Sounds like party is in order next year – or the mother of all blognics!

  33. C. says:

    Ad multos annos, Pater Z.

  34. AnAmericanMother says:

    Happy anniversary, Father. You are in our prayers.

  35. wanda says:

    Happy Anniversary, Fr. Z. God’s blessings today and always.

  36. mdillon says:

    All I can say is “WOW!”…

  37. Tiber89 says:

    Happy anniversary Fr.Z! Thanks for all that you do! contestatur enim quoniam tu es sacerdos in aeternum secundum ordinem Melchisedech

  38. Glen M says:


    Happy Anniversary Father Z. You are the closest priest relationship many of us have.

    May God bless you,

  39. doanli says:

    Keeping you and your brother priests in my prayers constantly, Father. (I’ve noticed a lot of priests asking us for prayers lately….I’ll gladly do it. :))

    I have never witnessed Holy Orders. Awesome. Will have to see it in the near future.

    Thank you very much for what you do, Father.

  40. Geoffrey says:

    What memories you must have of that day! I will pray to Venerable Pope John Paul the Great, asking him to especially pray and intercede for you, and bless your ministry. Happy anniversary, and “ad multos annos”!

  41. doanli says:

    And “wow!”; to be ordained by the Pope himself too! Beautiful. :)

  42. marthawrites says:

    Thank you for responding so creatively and energetically to God’s call. Happy Anniversary! God loves His priests, and we WDTPRSers do, too. It is a privilege to pray for you personally especially during the Year for Priests.

  43. John F. Kennedy says:

    Happy Anniversary! BTW, which one are you?

  44. John F. Kennedy says:

    In the photo.

  45. ljc says:

    Happy Anniversary to you and Fr. Corapi!

  46. RMT says:

    Congratulations and happy 19th anniversary Father!!

  47. Supertradmum says:

    Happy Anniversary to you and Father Corapi. Thank you for being such a good priest-as Christ told St. Catherine of Siena-the priest is “my christ”.

  48. Ad multos annos, Fr. Z.! Thank you for being such a wonderful advocate for tradition!

  49. Kaneohe says:

    A very happy and blessed anniversary Fr. Z.! My prayer for you this day:

    O Jesus, Eternal High Priest, live in Father John Zuhlsdorf, act in him,
    speak in and through him so he may exalt you in the midst of your people; offer spiritual Sacrifice acceptable to you; boldly proclaim the gospel of salvation, and rightly administer the sacraments of the New Covenant.

    May he think Your thoughts in his mind, show your love through
    his heart and so be a faithful pastor, a patient teacher, and a wise counselor.

    Give him Your Own dispositions and feelings. Teach, lead and
    guide him always. Correct, enlighten and expand his thoughts
    and behavior so he may ever serve you without reproach, and
    that we your people may be strengthened and your Name glorified
    in the entire world.

    Enable him to give himself entirely to You. Possess his heart, soul
    and life. Replace him with Yourself. Incline him to constant adoration and thanksgiving; pray in and through him. Let him live in You and
    keep him in this intimate union always.

    O Mary, Mother of Jesus and Mother of priests, pray and intercede for our dear brother and priest, Father Zuhlsdorf.

  50. Peggy R says:

    Happy anniversary, Fr Z!
    The Church and the faithful are so blessed to have you as our priest!

  51. Prof. Basto says:

    Ad multos annos!

  52. DominiSumus says:

    I hope you had a wonderful anniversary. Thank you for everything you do for our “little” cyberparish. Ad multos annos! May they be joyfilled.

  53. Sandra_in_Severn says:

    Festum diem anniversarium

  54. Girgadis says:

    May God bless you and keep you always.

  55. Dr. Eric says:

    Ad Multos Annos!

  56. JamesW4CPM says:

    Congrats, Father.

  57. VEXILLA REGIS says:


  58. Agnes says:

    Wow! Happy Ordination Day!

  59. fatheranthonyho says:

    Happy 19th Anniversary of Priestly Ordination!

    My 4th Anniversary is coming up on May 30.

    Let’s keep each other in prayers.

  60. Melania says:

    Happy Anniversary! Thanks for all your work. It means a lot.

  61. PghCath says:

    May God bless you on your anniversary, Father. Thank you for all that you do for us!

    Ad multos annos!

  62. mdsmelser says:

    Fr. Z,

    Happy Anniversary! A memorable day for you, and lucky for us readers and listeners that you fulfill your call from God. Many more ahead, we pray.


  63. The Digital MC says:

    Happy Anniversary, Father!

  64. Sacristymaiden says:

    Happy anniversary in advance Father Anthony Ho! We’ll keep you in our rosary too!

  65. ianJM says:

    My prayers for you on the anniversary of your ordination, Father Z. May God bless you and your ministry.

  66. worm says:

    St. Philip’s Day! That will be an easy one to remember. Happy Anniversary, Father.

  67. shadowlands says:

    Happy Anniversary Father, and I agree with other commenters….”Wow!”
    Father Corapi was ordained on the 28th, I believe. (I only recall this, because it’s my birthday on that day). [He was ordained on 26 May. Trust me.]

  68. Incaelo says:

    Happy anniversary, Father! Here’s to many more.

  69. New Sister says:

    Thank you, Father, for answering His call to the sacred priesthood, for your faithfulness.

  70. Happy belated anniversary, and many returns of the day!

  71. SophiaGrace says:

    Yes, Happy Anniversary, Father! Thank you – thank you – thank you! You remain in my prayers.

  72. Liz F says:

    Happy Anniversary, Father. My 12-year old and I just said a Hail Mary for you. God bless and keep you!

  73. Happy anniversary, Father. I’ll be thinking of you in my prayers today.

  74. Happy Anniversary, Father, on this special day.

  75. Teddy says:

    Happy Anniversary Father you were ordained the year I was born!

    Qui meditabitur in lege Domini die ac nocte, dabit fructum suum in tempore suo.

  76. irishgirl says:

    Happy 19th anniversary, Father Z! And the same to Father Corapi, too!

    How cool it must have been to be ordained by the Holy Father himself!

    All of us in your ‘online flock’ thank you for all you do for us in this blog: the podcasts, the recipes, the birdie pics, and even your rants!

    Yes-next year’s the ‘big 20th’! There should be ‘the mother of all blognics’ to mark that occasion!

    You are in my prayers always!

  77. Art says:

    Happy anniversary, Father Z! May there be more faithful priests that answer God’s call.

  78. Mariana says:

    Happy Anniversary! Thank you!

  79. Fr_Sotelo says:

    Fr. Z:

    Ad multos annos! with a special note of gratitude for the inestimable help you have rendered to your brother priests.

  80. IL Catholic says:

    Happy anniversary Father!

  81. pewpew says:

    Is that pope John Paul? How come you got to be ordained by the Pope?

  82. I think the principle is: Go to seminary in Rome, get ordained by the Pope. :)

  83. dimsum says:

    Father Z,
    Happy anniversary! May the Lord keep you and bless you. You are in my prayers. Thank you for sharing the video.

  84. Jim of Bowie says:

    “Father Corapi was ordained on the 28th, I believe. (I only recall this, because it’s my birthday on that day).”
    Comment by shadowlands — 27 May 2010 @ 1:56 am

    Father Corapi and Father Z were ordained together.

  85. ipadre says:

    Congratulations as you celebrate your 19th Anniversary of ordination. There are so many of us who are celebrating within these weeks and others who are being ordained. Let us give thanks to the Lord for the priesthood! How blest are we who have been called. I could not imagine doing anything else! We will also conclude the Year For Priests. I hope that all Catholics will continue to pray for us, support us and study about this awesome gift from the Lord.

    “O, how great is the priest! … If he realized what he is, he would die.” – St. John Vianney

  86. Tom Ryan says:

    Is it true that priests ordained in St. Peter’s receive and indult that permits them to dress as monsignors ?

  87. AD MULTOS ANNOS. TU ES SACERDOS IN AETERNAM. Happy Anniversary from a brother priest. I was ordained on May 14, 1988, but my best friend, Fr. Ken Brighenti, was ordained on May 28, 1988. Our mutual friend, Fr. Thomas Nicastro, Jr, was ordained May 26th.

    Keep up the great work

  88. TonyLayne says:

    HAppy anniversary, Father, with prayers and good wishes for many, many more.

    “And every one who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life” (Mt 19:29).