This is ordination season in many places. I’ve been getting news about priestly ordinations and some of it is good. While my impression is that diocesan vocations are down in the last few years, some places there is growth.
In Wichita, Kansas [HERE] we read that 10 men were ordained to the priesthood, a remarkable number today for that diocese.
And since today is Memorial Day, let us not forget that Servant of God Fr. Emil Kapaun is from that diocese.
Today at the site of the UK’s best Catholic weekly we read good news for the Anglican Ordinariate. Speaking of 10 men:
Cardinal Pell to ordain 10 transitional deacons for the ordinariate
The 10 men are expected to be ordained as priests next year
Cardinal George Pell is to ordain 10 men as deacons for the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham next month.
The group includes two men who are in their fifth year of studies for the priesthood and are on course to become the first clergy who have undertaken their entire formation within the ordinariate.
The other eight men are former Anglican priests who have taken a specially designed two-year course.
It is likely the 10 candidates will be ordained to the priesthood next year. They will join 80 clergy serving 50 ordinariate groups in England, Wales and Scotland.
The ordination Mass will take place on Saturday June 17 at St James, Spanish Place. The Mass will be celebrated according to the ordinariate’s distinctive liturgy, Divine Worship. Cardinal Pell, former Archbishop of Sydney and prefect of the Secretariat of the Economy, will be the ordaining bishop and will be assisted by Mgr Keith Newton, the ordinary of Britain’s ordinariate.
The Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham was formally established in 2011. It followed Anglicanorum coetibus, an apostolic constitution issued by Benedict XVI two years earlier, which allowed Anglicans to become Catholics while still retaining some elements of Anglican patrimony.
The Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter was later established in North America and the Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross followed suit in Australia and Japan.
What is interesting to track is how many of the ordinands are from the diocese for which they are being ordained. For example, the Diocese of Paterson also ordained 10 men this year, 8 of whom are from Poland and 2 from Columbia!
At the parish where I have helped out on weekends, people are now praying a Prayer for Vocations at every Sunday and holy day Mass. HERE
Let us pray for the newly ordained and for more sound vocations to the priesthood.