This past week, I had a chance to attend the annual Ordinandi Dinner, organized by the Serra Clubs of the Archdiocese. Almost 1,500 people gathered to hear the stories of the Class of 2009, 10 men graduating from St. Augustine’s Seminary and the Redemptoris Mater Seminary who will become the newest priests in our community.
This year in May, seven men will be ordained to serve in the Archdiocese of Toronto. Included among this year’s group, there are some fascinating stories. Consider these vocation “journeys”:
A young man who has a black belt in martial arts and served as a private security guard to everyone from Pope John Paul II to Britney Spears.
An Indonesian immigrant who came to Canada, settling in Regent Park and making his way to Bay St. only to feel spiritually empty before enrolling at St. Augustine’s Seminary.
One candidate, destined to become a doctor, studying biochemistry and on track to medical school and marriage before hearing the call to the priesthood.
These stories just scratch the surface. Think of your own life journey and how you have come to be where you are today - the twists and turns, the ups and downs. It's no different for those who have chosen religious life.
You can read the short profiles of the entire Class of 2009 by clicking on their photos here. Look for video profiles on these men online as we move closer to ordination day.
The priesthood is a fascinating journey, one that I only wish Catholics had the chance to learn more about. Consider inviting your parish priest over for lunch or dinner and ask them about their vocation – their stories will be as diverse as the priests who tell them.
In a special way, we pray for the all those who are considering religious life. May God grant them the courage to say “yes” to their vocation. For each one of us, consider those we know who may feel called to religious life. May we offer our support and prayers as they contemplate the path to seek on their faith journey.
In a special way, we pray for the Class of 2009. In their final days of formation, may they feel the support of their community and the grace of God at work in their lives. To our future shepherds, we say thank you.
During this Lenten season, we remember, we celebrate, we believe… Photos: Archdiocese of Toronto