Sunday, June 10, 2012

THE EUCHARIST: Communion with Christ and with One Another - Forty Years of Priesthood

The Ottawa delegation has arrived safely in Dublin for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress and we await the opeing ceremonies and Inaugural Mass this afternoon.


Lord Jesus, You were sent by the Father to gather together those who are scattered. You came among us, doing good and bringing healing, announcing the Word of salvation and giving the Bread which lasts forever.

Be our companion on life’s pilgrim way. May your Holy Spirit inflame our hearts, enliven our hope and open our minds, so that together with our sisters and brothers in faith we may recognise you in the Scriptures and in the breaking of bread. May your Holy Spirit transform us into one body and lead us to walk humbly on the earth, in justice and love, as witnesses of your resurrection.

In communion with Mary, whom you gave to us as our Mother at the foot of the cross, through you may all praise, honour and blessing be to the Father in the Holy Spirit and in the Church, Now and forever. Amen

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Seigneur Jésus, Tu as été envoyé par le Père pour rassembler ceux qui sont dispersés. Tu es venu parmi nous, pour faire le bien et apporter la guérison, pour annoncer la parole du salut et pour nous donner le Pain qui dure toujours.

Sois notre compagnon sur notre chemin de pèlerins dans la vie. Que ton Esprit Saint enflamme nos cœurs, anime notre espérance et ouvre nos esprits, afin qu'avec nos sœurs et frères dans la foi, nous puissions te reconnaître dans les Ecritures et dans le partage du pain. Que ton Esprit Saint fasse de nous un seul corps et que par lui nous marchions humblement sur la terre, dans la justice et dans l’amour, en vrais témoins de ta résurrection.

En communion avec Marie, que tu nous a donnée comme Mère au pied de la Croix, par Toi, que toute louange, honneur et bénédiction soient rendus au Père dans le Saint-Esprit et dans l'Eglise, maintenant et toujours. Amen.

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Today marks the 40th anniversary of the day the late Bishop Thomas B. Fulton ordained me to the priesthood.  I don't have photos of the occasion (the photographer never delivered them!) but, to mark the occasion, here are some photos of recent priestly ordinations I have had the privilege of celebrating: Father Gerard Ryan, S.J. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Toronto on May 19 and Father Lawrence Hyginus, CC, at Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica, Ottawa on May 26.

Please pray for priests today, as we celebrate the great gift of the Holy Eucharist, and for those being called by the Lord to this awesome ministry to God's people.  

Anointing the hands of the new priest

First priestly blessing for his parents 

Ad multos annos!

The Promise of Obedience
The Litany of the Saints

The Newly-Ordained


  1. Many blessing and prayers from the Franciscans of Halifax on this day!

  2. Prayers from Ottawa Zwickers