Vocations and ordination

A ‘yes’ to vocations: Keeping good on his promise, Cardinal Timothy Dolan returns home for priest's first Mass

Cardinal Timothy Dolan addressed newly ordained Father Brian Fallon during his homily May 27 at Holy Infant Church. This is the second time in two years that Cardinal Dolan has returned to St. Louis for a first Mass of a Holy Infant parishioner. In 2010, he was the homilist at Father Anthony Yates’ first Mass.

Surrounded by family, friends and supporters, Father Brian Fallon and four other newly ordained priests celebrated their first Masses last weekend, just one day after their May 26 ordination at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. It was a culminating moment, a realization of all the hard work they had achieved through their years of formation in the seminary and a visible “yes” to God’s vocational calling.

17 former Anglicans ordained Catholic deacons in Britain

MANCHESTER, England -- Seventeen former Anglican priests were made deacons in one of the largest group ordinations in the modern history of the Catholic Church in Britain.

All the deacons will serve in the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, which in January 2011 became the first ordinariate to be set up under "Anglicanorum coetibus," the apostolic constitution issued by Pope Benedict XVI in November 2009 to allow the group reception of Anglicans.

Guest Viewpoint | Young priest's experience is an awe-inspiring task

I met a young priest in Fairfax, Va., last week. Of course "young" is a relative term. Everyone around me gets younger with each passing year.

Father Jaffe had been at the parish for less than a week and was the priest on call for the local hospital. It was 2 a.m. when his pager went off. A couple had lost their 8-year-old son hours before and the mother wouldn't let go of his body.

Mass of Priestly Ordination

Lisa Johnston | lisajonston@archstl.org Reverend Mr. Donald Anstoetter, Reverend Mr. Fadi Auro, Reverend Mr. William Dotson, Reverend Mr. Brian Fallon, and Reverend Mr. Daniel Shaughnessy lay prostrate before the Lord during the Mass of ordination celebrated by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
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Aquinas Institute of Theology awards degrees, certificates on 42 students

Aquinas Institute of Theology conferred graduate degrees and graduate certificates on 42 men and women at a commencement at St. Francis Xavier (College) Church in Midtown St. Louis on May 11.

Promise kept, prayer answered

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.

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