Monday, April 30, 2012

My Son's Diaconate Ordination

Those of you who follow my blog know that my youngest son has been attending the seminary at St. Meinrad School of Theology for the last three years. This past Saturday he was ordained as a Transitional Deacon. This is the final stage of his formation and training before being ordained a priest next year.  It was a happy occasion for my family, my local parish, and for the Archdiocese of Louisville. It was also the culmination of five years of under graduate and graduate level studies and formation. Saturday was a beautiful day. The ordination Liturgy was moving and well done. My family, which includes my wife, oldest son, and my granddaughter, had front row seats at the church. For my granddaughter, seeing Uncle Nick dressed up in his Roman collar and other liturgical garments elevated him to an whole new status. After the ordination we had a celebration at my home for family and friends. Later in the evening, after everyone had gone home and the house was once again quiet, we had a heavy thunderstorm that included a fair amount of hail and wind. For me, after such a busy day, the pouring rain, hail, and brisk winds provided a nice contemplative moment to what was already a holy day.

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