The ordination was a blur of activity, but two things stood out for me - the powerful prayers of the community over us as the Litany of the Saints was sung by all and the quiet power of the imposition of hands by Bishop Connare.
My priesthood has been a blessing for me and I hope a source of blessing for the countless people that I have had the honor to know and serve. Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has composed a prayer for the upcoming Holy Year of Mercy in which he says:
" ... You willed that your ministers
would also be clothed in weakness
in order that they may feel compassion
for those [who come to them]:
let everyone who approaches them feel
and forgiven by God."
In my years of ministry, and in my weakness, I hope that those whose lives I have touched feel sought after, loved and forgiven by God." God is indeed very gracious to us all.