You are cordially invited.

I hesitated to post this, I was planning on waiting until ordination was over before I posted again.

However, many of you have been kind enough to take this journey with me. I have greatly enjoyed your emails, comments and camaraderie. God willing, I will be ordained this Saturday at 10:00 am PST.

I would like to invite you to my ordination. Sadly, there in only one seat left in the house, and it’s at your desk or couch. I invite you to watch live on YouTube as God in his goodness confers on me through my bishop, the sacred sacrament of Holy Orders.

These last few weeks have been an emotional roller coaster for me as I spend one moment frightened at what I’ve gotten myself into, and the next praising God for the opportunity he has given me. Please keep me in your prayers.

May God have mercy on me, and may my life be lived for His glory. Amen.

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6 thoughts on “You are cordially invited.”

  1. That’s fantastic news, Dance! I have a couple of friends that just took final vows and were ordained [transitional] Deacons at Notre Dame this past Saturday. May God continue to be your guide as you listen to His plan for you here on earth.

    Many blessings,
    Austin, TX

  2. Dear Deacon-In-Waiting! Ad Multos Annos!!
    I came upon your blog while I was entering Aspirancy, as well. It gave me great hope to know that someone was going through what I was going through and feeling the same way about things. We have our ordination rehearsal on the day of your ordination. My morning prayer this Saturday will be for you, your brother Deacons and your sisters in Christ.

    All the Best
    In Christ

    Ted Faust
    Milwaukee, WI

  3. Dear Dance,

    Such wonderful news — congrats to you and your brothers! Your blog is followed by so many in formation, and I am glad that the Spirit guided you to share your thoughts and inspire many interesting and important conversations.

    At a retreat at a monastery last weekend, our class (to be ordained next year, God willing) was told by a Benedictine monk to pray over what is in the Collect for the Rite of Ordination of Several Deacons because it really said a lot about what we aspire to become: that we be effective in action, gentle in ministry, and constant in prayer; and from the Prayer Over the Offerings: that we be filled with a spirit of humility and zeal. May God grant you these and much more and lead you with care to the place where He wants you to help the greatest.

    In Christ,


  4. Wow! Firstly, congratulations and God bless you!

    How ironic… I started reading your blog a long time ago and my discernment path has been up and down, with many times of doubt and discouragement since then…

    The seminary called me one week ago and it looks like I will begin in our program next month! And today I get your email regarding ordination!

    I’m in shock myself.

    All the best to you and your family.

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