This past Saturday, May 25th, Archbishop Robert Carlson ordained five transitional deacons to the priesthood, and thus for service in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. As usual for these types of celebrations, the Cathedral Basilica was filled with family, friends, and others for this joyous occasion. Having five men answer the call to service in the Church is an awe-inspiring gift to our local faith community. But then, it is nationally known that St. Louis is very generous in having numerous vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, and consecrated life.
These new priests have promised to pledge their lives in serving the Lord and the people of God, here in this Archdiocese of St. Louis, and especially in proclaiming the Gospel and in bring the sacraments. I ask you, this weekend and in the days and years ahead, as they begin and live their priestly ministry to keep them in our prayers.
I ask your prayers for myself and my classmates as we celebrate our thirtieth anniversary in the priesthood, and especially since the past seven of those years have been here at St. Luke the Evangelist Parish. These seven years have been a blessing for me in many ways as your shared with me in my brother's illness and passing, in sharing in the honor of being named monsignor and in celebrating my twenty-fifth anniversary with you. It has been my honor to work with parishioners in and through the Pastoral Council, Finance Committee, and RCIA to name just a few of the organizations of the parish. Be assured of my prayers for you in the days and months ahead.
Lastly, I want to offer prayers and congratulations on behalf of the parish to our many students who are graduating from grade school, high school and college at this time of year. It is truly a blessing from God to see them grow and mature, not only in knowledge, but in their faith as well. Our sincere congratulations to all our graduates.
As we continue to count the blessings of God in our lives let us remember, "All that matters in any and every way Christ is being proclaimed."
Happy Memorial Day Weekend to all!
Monsignor William McCumber