Franciscan

On Colin King's ordination

BY FR. MARK SOEHNER, OFM

Thank you to all the friars who came out to celebrate this important day in the life of our province as one of our brothers, Colin King, was ordained a priest. It was great to share that day for the ordination of John Aherne to the diaconate. It was powerful to sit next to Vicar Larry Hayes from Holy Name Province as we work together for a renewed Franciscan life across the provinces and to share in each other’s milestones.

While standing next to Colin during the Eucharistic Prayer, I was remembering his formation time at St. Joe’s as a temporary professed, and I marveled at all God had done to both of us since that time. There were some extremely profound moments for me: the early chattering between the friars and the many family and friends; the grand procession into St. Clement Church; the announcement of the names of the ordinandi; Bishop Joe Binzer’s simple and moving homily – and his sense of humor.

I was moved by the second reading about God choosing earthen vessels to carry his Good News; the thunderous applause for John and Colin that grew, lingered and echoed; Br. John Barker’s prayerful singing of the Litany of the Saints, calling on our ancestors in faith to witness and help us; the silent laying on of hands by the Bishop and by our brother priests of various ages.

God has called Colin, and God has called you and me, to use the gifts that are given by the Spirit of Jesus to build up the Body of Christ. We are not chosen because we were good-looking (God knows!), or smart, or clever. All of us were chosen because Christ first loved us! This primary love for Jesus Christ drives us to the peripheries, to others needing our Sunday homily, a shoulder to cry on, a caring letter to older friends so they can all remember they belong to Christ. The smell of the chrism on the hands of Colin should remind him, and us, that we belong to Someone, and we are sent.

Read more about the ordinations here.

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