Friday, July 6, 2012

Priestly Fraternity

     Yesterday I had a great lunch with a few priest friends from our seminary days at Saint Francis in Loretto.  We try to gather a few times a year for lunch and fellowship, and yesterday we gathered at a restaurant called BRAVO'S at The Waterfront in suburban Pittsburgh.  With me was Fathers Chet Raimer from Ss. Simon and Jude Parish in Blairsville in our Diocese, and from the Pittsburgh Diocese Fathers David Schorr, pastor of Resurrection Parish in West Mifflin, Joe Mele, Rector of Saint Paul Seminary as well as the many hats he wears in the Diocese, and Albie Schempp who is a chaplain at Mercy Hospital.  These occasions that bring us together are too few and far between, but they are great opportunities for reminiscing and sharing our experiences of priesthood.  They are truly refreshing.  Pray for priests everywhere.

    And while I'm sharing thoughts on priesthood, I just received my copy of the Pittsburgh Catholic and saw the news that three men were ordained to the priesthood from the Pittsburgh Diocese on June 30th.  The are Fathers Kevin Fazio, Frederick Gruber and Michael Sedor.  Bishop David Zubik ordained them.  We offer our congratulations and I ask your prayers for these men as they begin their journey of a lifetime as priests of God.  We in the Diocese of Greensburg have not ordained anyone for many years, and are looking forward to ordaining three men to the Diaconate in December of this year and Priesthood on June 1st of 2013.  Pray for them.

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