This Saturday, at 10:00 AM at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, Cardinal Séan will ordain five men as new priests for service in the Archdiocese of Boston. Please keep in your prayers Deacons Fernando Ayala, David Campo, Robert LeBlanc, Jr., Leonardo Moreira and Kevin Pleitez as they prepare for this day and begin to share in the ministry of Jesus Christ the High Priest. The ordination, for those who wish to watch, is usually broadcast on Catholic TV and can be viewed online at www.catholictv.org.
While this is a day of great celebration, it is important to remember that this group of five ordinands is not like that of days gone by when there were twenty or more ordained at once. We live in a day and an age when it is more difficult for young men to hear the call to priestly ministry and, when they hear it, to respond. It is more and more important for us, these days, to be encouraging young men whom we think would make good priests to consider that God may be calling them as well as to be praying for vocations. Perhaps you would make your own the Archdiocesan Vocation Prayer written by Cardinal Séan:
Holy Mother of the Good Shepherd, turn your motherly care to our Diocese. Intercede for us to the Lord of the Harvest to send more laborers to the harvest. Inspire vocations in our time. Let the word of your Son be made flesh anew in the lives of persons anxious to proclaim the Good News of everlasting life. Draw them near to the heart of your Son so that they can understand the beauty and joy that awaits them to be His witnesses. Amen.