A reader alerted me to this nice piece in the newspaper of the Diocese of Phoenix, the Catholic Sun.
My attention was directed to the last line of the piece. Here is some context, with my emphases.
Fr. Paul Sullivan, vocations director for the diocese, who spent time as a fellow seminarian with the ordinands, said all three are patient yet have a conviction for the truth. He looks forward to formally presenting the men to the bishop for service as priests.
“That is always a very special time when these men step forth from among their families and approach the bishop to serve as fathers in the family of the Church,” Fr. Sullivan said. “This is a very special time for all of us.”
Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted said all three ordinands know well the challenges that the Church faces today, including the shortcomings of its members, “but without losing heart, they are ready and eager to be faithful priests of the Lord Jesus” and convincingly share the faith.
Deacon Parks hopes to see the diocesan family who has fostered these newest priestly vocations at ordination June 5 or their first Mass June 6. That is, as soon as he conquers his nerves. He admitted being thankful for the chasuble to minimize the signs of shaking.
Not one to drop his acting techniques too quickly, Deacon Parks just has to remember, “Do the red. Say the black.”
That’ll be just fine. Brick by brick, folks.