Presbyteral Ordination

Catholic Explorer: Diocese is jubilant at ordination of newest priest

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JOLIET—Over 300 friends, relatives, peers and mentors were on-hand to celebrate the ordination of Patrick Mulcahy, 41, to the priesthood June 3 at the Cathedral of St. Raymond in Joliet.


As uplifting liturgical music reverberated throughout the sanctuary, Mulcahy entered the house of worship accompanied by more than 30 priests as well as deacons and seminarians from across the Joliet Diocese. “I was really overwhelmed with emotion,” he stated, reflecting upon the experience after the celebration. He admitted that the entrance procession “just left me speechless.”


“This is one of those special days when we recognize the presence of the Lord among us as we celebrate this sacrament of ordination,” said Bishop Joseph L. Imesch in his address to the congregation.

The Explorer had a very nice article on the front page this week about my ordination. And yes, I am still overwhelmed in a lot of ways! What an awesome thing. Tomorrow, I head to DesMoines for the ordination of one of my friends. This is the first time I'll actually get to lay hands on one of my friends in the ceremony, which is extremely cool!

Prayer & Spirituality

The Big Picture

From today's Office of Readings:

Then the Lord addressed Job out of the storm and said:


Who is this that obscures divine plans with words of ignorance?
Gird up your loins now, like a man;
I will question you, and you tell me the answers!


Where were you when I founded the earth?
Tell me, if you have understanding.
Who determined its size; do you know?
Who stretched out the measuring line for it?
Into what were its pedestals sunk,
and who laid the cornerstone,
While the morning stars sandg in chorus
and all the children of God shouted for joy?


Job 38

Job is a curious book in many ways. But whenever I read it, it reminds me that I need to know that I don't have the big picture. God's plan often confounds us, and our vision is so terribly limited. We only get the tiniest glimpse of the plan of God and God's vision for the world.

What we need, all of us, to remember, is that God's love for us is as vast and incomprehensible as is God's plan. All that we can do, and the only thing that we should do, is to trust in that love.