Dear Family and Friends,
I’ve been a priest for 53 days now, 53 wonderful days. I suppose you could say I’m still “on my honeymoon”!
On January 19th I was privileged to celebrate a special first mass at the Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda Maryland, where my grandfather was usher for as long as I can remember (and where my Uncle Jeff still is an usher!). My mom’s whole side of the family was present, and afterwards we had a wonderful day together.
This week I’ll be in Connecticut and New Hampshire. My journey to the priesthood began at Immaculate Conception Apostolic School in New Hampshire. I remember two things attracting me to the school: one, that it was in New Hampshire (which sounded wild – and is!) and two, that the boys there respected each other and they all wanted to become priests like I did. After New Hampshire I spent three years in Cheshire, Connecticut, where I took my religious vows and started to really minister to people.
If all goes well I will do a first mass in Cheshire on Sunday, and then I will head up to New Hampshire to do a first mass there. I have so many wonderful memories of these two places – it will be great to be back!
Then on Wednesday, February 19th, in the evening, I will celebrate a first mass in Cincinnati, Ohio. After my days in Connecticut, I spent three years in Cincinnati helping a priest and learning hands-on how to be one.
Then there will be the big first mass at my home parish of Saint Mary Magdalen in Saint Louis, Missouri on Sunday, March 30th. That one has been a long time coming – 28 years since I first felt God there nudging me in the direction of the priesthood!
Anyone is welcome to attend these masses. Feel free to give me a call if you need more information.
May God bless you,