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Three Raleigh Seminarians Attend NY Ordinations PDF Print E-mail
Our trip began with a joy-filled car ride from Philadelphia. We were filled with joy for two reasons, the first and primary reason was that we were looking forward to spending time with the Franciscans of the Renewal. The second reason, which was like icing on the cake, was that we had been “let loose” from St. Charles Borromeo seminary at the conclusion of the semester and were eager to begin our summers.

Phil List, Jonathan Baggett, Wendel Sawyer (who is from the Diocese of Charlotte), and I spent a good part of our trip praying together (the rosary and the divine offices), and when we arrived in Harlem at St. Joseph Friary, we were greeted by Fr. Luke and Fr. Gabriel, both of which agreed that I needed to learn how to parallel park in the proper New York fashion. In the city, they informed me, one leaves no more than an inch between the tire and the curb.

That night, we prayed the Night Office and Rosary with the friars and there many guests who were in town for the ordination. There were two guys who were in discernment with the friars, and family and friends of the Ordinandi (i.e. the friars to be ordained) some who had traveled from as far as France for the event. After Night Prayer, the friars broke with their regular schedule to provide us with a impromptu celebration of Jonathan Baggett’s 21st birthday. Then we were shown to our luxurious rooms in which we were given a matt and a sleeping bag to sleep on. Who needs a hotel when you got the Friars to stay with?

The following day, we arose early for a holy hour and morning prayer, and then proceeded to head to St. Patrick Cathedral, providing a few North Carolinians with their first trip on the NYC Subway. When we arrived at the Cathedral, the area in front was filled with religious and priests from multiple different orders, and what was most striking was how young most of the priests, brothers, and sisters were. Maybe the smiles and joy of a living a life for Christ makes one appear younger, but it appeared to me that many of the religious were in their 20’s and 30’s. It was great to be surrounded so many young men and women who had responded to Jesus’ call to leave everything and follow him.

The Ordination was absolutely stunning, and what was most moving was when Archbishop Dolan received first blessing from the priest’s in the traditional manner, and kissed the palms of the hands of the Ordinandi.

From there, our group took a couple of hours to sight-see in Manhattan, and then joined up later with the Friars in the Bronx. The evening was packed with so many moving encounters and details, but what was most striking was the familial joy of the Friars and their guests. We began the celebration with Evening Prayer and a holy hour, and the proceeded to have a great dinner with wonderful entertainment. Apparently, the friars are quite talented musically and love to play all kinds of music. What seemed to be particularly popular with the friars and sisters of the renewal were songs that involved hand gestures and dancing. One line that I found particularly funny was, “I love God, I love the Pope, I even love my rope” (referring to the cincture that the friars where).

The party ended with Night Prayer, and I think I can safely say that all where quite exhausted from a day filled with celebration and the joy that is the Catholic Church. Truly Christ is alive in His Church.

Our trip began with a joy-filled car ride from Philadelphia. We were filled with joy for two reasons, the first and primary reason was that we were looking forward to spending time with the Franciscans of the Renewal. The second reason, which was like icing on the cake, was that we had been “let loose” from St. Charles Borromeo seminary at the conclusion of the semester and were eager to begin our summers.

Phil List, Jonathan Baggett, Wendel Sawyer (who is from the Diocese of Charlotte), and I spent a good part of our trip praying together (the rosary and the divine offices), and when we arrived in Harlem at St. Joseph Friary, we were greeted by Fr. Luke and Fr. Gabriel, both of which agreed that I needed to learn how to parallel park in the proper New York fashion. In the city, they informed me, one leaves no more than an inch between the tire and the curb.

That night, we prayed the Night Office and Rosary with the friars and there many guests who were in town for the ordination. There were two guys who were in discernment with the friars, and family and friends of the Ordinandi (i.e. the friars to be ordained) some who had traveled from as far as France for the event. After Night Prayer, the friars broke with their regular schedule to provide us with a impromptu celebration of Jonathan Baggett’s 21st birthday. Then we were shown to our luxurious rooms in which we were given a matt and a sleeping bag to sleep on. Who needs a hotel when you got the Friars to stay with?

The following day, we arose early for a holy hour and morning prayer, and then proceeded to head to St. Patrick Cathedral, providing a few North Carolinians with their first trip on the NYC Subway. When we arrived at the Cathedral, the area in front was filled with religious and priests from multiple different orders, and what was most striking was how young most of the priests, brothers, and sisters were. Maybe the smiles and joy of a living a life for Christ makes one appear younger, but it appeared to me that many of the religious were in their 20’s and 30’s. It was great to be surrounded so many young men and women who had responded to Jesus’ call to leave everything and follow him.

The Ordination was absolutely stunning, and what was most moving was when Archbishop Dolan received first blessing from the priest’s in the traditional manner, and kissed the palms of the hands of the Ordinandi.

From there, our group took a couple of hours to sight-see in Manhattan, and then joined up later with the Friars in the Bronx. The evening was packed with so many moving encounters and details, but what was most striking was the familial joy of the Friars and their guests. We began the celebration with Evening Prayer and a holy hour, and the proceeded to have a great dinner with wonderful entertainment. Apparently, the friars are quite talented musically and love to play all kinds of music. What seemed to be particularly popular with the friars and sisters of the renewal were songs that involved hand gestures and dancing. One line that I found particularly funny was, “I love God, I love the Pope, I even love my rope” (referring to the cincture that the friars where).

The party ended with Night Prayer, and I think I can safely say that all where quite exhausted from a day filled with celebration and the joy that is the Catholic Church. Truly Christ is alive in His Church.

~Ian Van Heusen