On Saturday 29 May a total of 12 men in four dioceses will be ordained to the priesthood. They all have their stories and backgrounds. Some were born and raised in Catholic families, some in Protestant ones. Some have gone through atheist phases. They have been teachers, bank employees, salesmen, and one has even lived his life as a Protestant minister and now, aged 80, he will join the ranks of Christ’s priests. From these different backgrounds they have all heard God’s voice calling them to serve Him in His Church, and they have said ‘yes’.
I will attend the ordination of Deacons Anton ten Klooster and Wouter de Paepe in Utrecht, and perhaps I’ll be able to share some photos here later.
In the mean time, the two aforementioned deacons, as well as Deacons Hans van der Donk, Theo Lamers, Jacques Grubben, Francis De Meyer (all Diocese of ‘s Hertogenbosch), Ignas van Rosmalen, Patrick Lipsch (Diocese of Roermond), Pawel Banaszak, Elroy Kaak, Hans Schouten and Bruno Sestito (Diocese of Haarlem-Amsterdam) will benefit from our prayer as they prepare for the day of their lives.
O Jesus, eternal Priest,
keep your priests within the shelter of Your Sacred Heart,
where none may touch them.
Keep unstained their anointed hands,
which daily touch Your Sacred Body.
Keep unsullied their lips,
daily purpled with your Precious Blood.
Keep pure and unearthly their hearts,
sealed with the sublime mark of the priesthood.
Let Your holy love surround them and
shield them from the world’s contagion.
Bless their labors with abundant fruit and
may the souls to whom they minister be their joy and consolation here and in heaven their beautiful and everlasting crown. Amen.
St. Therese of Lisieux