Mar 10, 2009

A Lenten Reflection: The Class of 2009 - The Men in Black...

In the course of my day to day work with the Archdiocese of Toronto, I’m blessed to interact with priests as part of almost every work day. It’s amazing how many people think a priest was born a priest and never thought about other possible careers along the way.

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


Puff the Magic Dragon said...

I have no idea if this is the right place to ask this question, but ( I apologize for rambling in advance)

Why does it seem that it is so hard to find a parish where the mass is said and all the rubrics are followed: something akin to
"Say the black and do the red."?

A parish where I could hear the antiphons at least once in awhile- and not because I am attending the extraordinary form of the mass.?

A Paris where the priest follows the rubrics of the mass and will alternately turn to face the congregation and then at other times face the altar (such directions suggest that the Ordinary form can also be celebrated ad orientum.)?

Alas I can't seem to find a parish where the music is anything other than that composed in the last 40 years ( Haugen, Haas, Schutte, Joncas etc etc) and no Gregorian Chant unless it is specifically proscribed in the RUBRICS. Why?

Where can one find a properly celebrated mass, one adhering to all the rubrics? That uses the first choices for music (From the Graduale Romanum, or the G. Simplex) rather than the last choice offered: "some other suitable hymn"?

I would figure that ALL the Catholic parishes in Toronto should be celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Roman Mass according to the Rubrics as established by Rome, in the Documents of Vatican II.

And before anyone answers me with an allusion to : Well in the "Spirit of Vatican II"
I want a priest who doesn't know the Spirit but knows the words of Vatican II

Puff the Magic Dragon said...

By the way I am adding you to my blogroll on my page: