I was very honored recently to have been asked to preach for my friend’s Mass of Thanksgiving following his ordination to the sacred priesthood. The following is the homily I preached at his Mass, which was the extended vigil of Pentecost:
“Ave, Imperator, morituri te salutant”
(Avē Imperātor (Cæsar), moritūrī tē salūtant.)
“Hail Emperor, we who are about to die salute you!” These are words ascribed to gladiators and even christian martyrs as they stood in the coliseum before they met their death. (more…)
Sometimes when we hear of shepherds in scripture or think of Jesus as a good shepherd we get an image of a sort of wimpy man quietly petting sheep. Certainly being a shepherd entails a certain gentleness and patience, but these aspects are not wimpy, nor do they show the whole picture. (more…)
Yesterday I had a very powerful experience that I will probably never fully understand. I was doing some reading yesterday morning and the phone rang: it was about 5:45 am. Sure enough, it was the hospital summoning me to the emergency room. I arrived and the nurse brought me to the room where a woman was lying on a bed, having some trouble breathing. (more…)
I am realizing how long it has been since I posted. I was ordained a priest of Jesus Christ on May 27th at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral by the Most Reverend Mark L. Bartchak, bishop of Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. The next day I offered a solemn Mass of Thanksgiving. I offered the Mass of Paul VI/Novus Ordo ad orientem. A schola sang some beautiful palestrina parts, andI had an assistant priest, two deacons, about ten servers, and thirteen concelebrants. At the end I was speechless, I was so profoundly moved. My good friend and [now]brother-priest, Fr Ananias Buccicone who was my assistant priest, just gave me a big hug.