We had the great joy of seeing one of our parishioners ordained to the Priesthood, in Mount Melleray on Sunday evening last. There was a strong parish representation, mostly from Belvedere, Fr. John’s home place. The gathering included John’s parents, siblings and extended family, and many of the local Melleray people, as well as Cistercians and clergy from around the country.
The ceremony in the Monastery Chapel, was inspiring, uplifting and memorable. A magnificent choir and orchestra, conducted by the Abbott, Dom Richard Purcell O.C.S.O., provided sacred music of the highest order.
Fr. John will continue to live in the Mount Melleray Community, from now on ministering there as a priest. Fr. John’s Ordination is the culmination of many years of quiet service and deep religious commitment. We wish him many years of service in his priestly ministry. We also look forward to welcoming Fr. John to celebrate Mass in St. Paul’s at the earliest opportunity.