My First Homily!

My pastor scheduled me to preach my very first weekend as a deacon, to go along with a celebration of my ordination. I worked on my first homily all summer long. I really wanted to get it all right, I wanted to start off good. It was a finely crafted work of art. I then... Continue Reading →

Ordination! Two Impressions…

Satan tried to bring me down. I know it was him, I felt it. I was in the hotel room getting ready, and I had a brand new alb my beloved priest had bought for me. It was beautiful: Long, White, Clean, Crisp, …just beautiful. I had never worn it, and it was wrinkled. We... Continue Reading →

Rite of Candidacy

Or is it the Rite of Confusion? The main problem we had was not the Rite itself, that is pretty straightforward. The Rite of Candidacy is simply the Church calling you forward as a candidate for Holy Orders. It would seem to be so simple, right? Alas, no! The problem is not what the Rite... Continue Reading →

Ordination Date Has Been Set!

Years have gone by. Five and a half of them. Children and grandchildren have been born, parents and grandparents have passed on. This formation process has been full of up and downs, and classes that will never end. Except that the classes HAVE ended. I have reached the end of this road, and beyond it... Continue Reading →

Not Quite Farewell

If you follow my blog at all, you may have noticed that my posts have been nearly absent all summer. There is a reason, and I suppose it is high time that I share it with you. I had the good fortune of having my formation director over for dinner a couple months ago, and... Continue Reading →

Genesis is Only the Beginning

So in our deacon formation classes, we have a bit of an argument, and I thought it would be fun to air our dirty laundry all over the internet. Okay, so it’s not all that, but we do get rather excited over this topic. Is the creation account in Genesis historically accurate, or is it... Continue Reading →

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