Friday, July 29, 2011

Candidacy





Last Saturday I was admitted as a Candidate for Holy Orders by Bishop Hebda, Bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord. The Rite of Admission to Candidacy for Holy Orders is celebrated when a seminarian has reached a maturity of purpose in his formation and has demonstrated the necessary qualifications for ordination. In the presence of the bishop, he publicly expresses his intention to complete his preparation for ordination and his resolve to fully invest himself to that end.






Bishop came to Sacred Heart Parish in Oscoda for the ceremony. He was also there to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Knights of Columbus. It was a combination of events since the Knights are such great supporters of vocations. Four other priests concelebrated the Mass with Bishop Hebda, Fr. Donajkowski, Fr. Geyman, Fr. Heider, and Fr. Brucksch.






My mom, dad, sisters and grandparents were also there.

It was a wonderful day! It was really great to make a public promise to continue my discernment and formation of the priesthood. Pray for me that I can continue to discern the priesthood...

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Great Lakes Relay



Last weekend I ran the Great Lakes Relay across Michigan. I ran on a team of 10 guys from other small colleges in Michigan. This was my first GLR. The race started in Oscoda on Friday and then proceeded through the Huron National forest for three days. Day one ended in Fairvew and day two ended in Grayling. On Sunday the race finished in Empire. The team I was on (Eric Green and the Legion of Doom) finished the relay in 3rd place out of 90 sum teams participating. The weekend was a lot of fun but a lot of work. I now really appreciate just how large the national forest really is! Saturday evening, after running a total of 14 miles through the woods, I drove to St. Mary's in Grayling for Mass. I didn't have any way to shower so I walked into the church sweaty, bleeding and really tired. I cleaned myself up and went to Mass. Luckily Fr. Wayne recognized me offered to have the rectory opened up so that I could take a proper shower.


All in all it was a great weekend of running.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Land of Enchantment

Last week I took a vacation. I flew to Albuquerque, New Mexico. I stayed with Michael, a seminarian of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. His family owns a beautiful Bed and Breakfast. I left from Detroit on Saturday and came back last Thursday. The weather in Albuquerque is actually really nice this time of year. I thought it would be too hot to run, but I found the early morning were perfect for running. I even got a chance to run with Micheal's father who is a world class marathoner from Poland.



At one point, there must have been almost 15 seminarians gathered at Michael's house. Guys flew in from Columbus and Kentucky and car load drove in from Phoenix. It was really nice to spend some time with other seminarians. We all decided that we need to take a vacation together every summer. After a tram ride up the side of the Sandia Mountain, we decided some day our vacation will have to include a multi-day hike up and around the Sandia Mountain. I look forward to it.

Ordinations

This past June I was privileged to serve at the ordination to the deaconate of two of Gaylord's seminarians, Dcn. Peter Wigton and Dcn. Joseph Ortega. It was a wonderful weekend. Every ordination is moment of extreme renewal for the Church especially our local Church. With each ordination God continue to bless and sanctify His bride, the Church. Dcn. Peter's ordination was especially moving for me since Dcn. Peter and I started seminary together at the Josephinum back in 2008. Dcn. Peter has been an older brother for me during my first few years of seminary and it was so awesome to see Bishop Hebda lay hands on him. So to Dcn. Peter and Joe I wish them good luck, blessings and Ad Multos Anos.