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Three Black Catholics newly ordained to the Catholic priesthood share their vocation journeys.
The newly-ordained priest quoted St. John Vianney, the Curé of Ars: “I prostrated myself conscious of my nothingness and arose a priest forever.”
Father Eric said he remembers his father Ben talking about wanting to join the diaconate when Eric was only in fourth grade, but he remembers having to wait for “God’s timing” to be right.
Pope Francis encouraged the young priests to not be afraid to dream of a Church entirely at the service of its members and the world, stating that each of them has a contribution to make.
‘Even if, given my age and state of health, it is no longer possible for me to visit you in person, I am your guest with my heart,’ he wrote.
Older men continue to answer ‘Yes’ to the call.
In a press release from the diocese, Bishop Christopher Coyne of Burlington said that this situation was “completely unexpected” and prompted “a significant number” of priest transfers to help fill parish vacancies.
Venerable Fr. Mario Ciceri knew his vocation from a very young age and died after an accident at just 44 years old while Servant of God Fr. Alfonso Ugolini was ordained after a lifetime dedicated to helping the poor and disaffected of his district, and lived to be 91 years old.