Twenty years ago Pope John Paul II gave us an apostolic exhortation whose very title alone continues to inspire hope and confidence within the People of God: "Pastores Dabo Vobis (I Shall Give you Shepherds)". Fully aware of God's timeless and never-ending promise to His people through His prophet Jeremiah, John Paul reminded us of Our Lord's faithful and loving care for His flock. He, in His wisdom, knows that ever we must be shepherded; we cannot lead ourselves. He, in His loving, guiding and guarding way, gives us ever His own shepherding care through the priests we so need here on earth.
Rev. David P. Skillman, associate pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, St. Charles, is appointed vice-rector of Cardinal Glennon College, with residence at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, effective June 18, 2012.
Rev. Mr. Michael J. Benz, a transitional deacon, is assigned to assist the pastor of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish in Oakville, effective June 1, 2012.
Rev. Mr. Raymond D. Buehler, a transitional deacon, is assigned to assist the pastor of Ascension Parish in Chesterfield, effective June 1, 2012
Five Kenrick-Glennon Seminary students are being ordained transitional deacons for other dioceses this month.
All are expected to complete their master of divinity degree by spring 2013 from Kenrick School of Theology. Each is also working toward completion of his master of arts in theology.
Transitional deacons are seminarians in their last year of preparation for ordination to the priesthood. A transitional deacon may baptize, distribute Communion, witness marriages and lead rites for Christian burial.
When Archbishop Robert J. Carlson ordains five new priests for the Archdiocese of St. Louis next week, no one will be happier than Jesuit Father John Horn, president-rector of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.
"I'm very proud of these men," Father Horn said. "I regard them as younger brothers and as spiritual sons, all at the same time. I am joy-filled to see them go to the altar and be ordained."