One week from today our local church will have a new priest, Carl Joseph Melchior.
has been in the "pipeline" now for nine years, four as a college seminarian and five in theology which included his
pastoral year at St. Paul's parish in St. Petersburg.
Like the arrival of all "newborns", his
ordination will be greeted with rejoicing for him and for us.
He wishes there were others who would be alongside of him before me but we will rejoice at each single or multiple birth. (Next year there should be two to be ordained and this morning at St. Patrick's Cathedral the vast Archdiocese of New York ordained three men).
Carl's is in his forties and for many years prior to entering the seminary he worked as an Equipment Manager for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Raised and educated at Christ the King in South Tampa, his
parents have already gone home to the Lord so next to my own seat, they will have the best seat "out of the house" next Saturday as their son is ordained a priest.
has a brother and sister-in-law who have at least one child for Uncle Carl to love and take pride in.
The birth of a priest is a long and somewhat arduous process.
I remember when Carl
first appeared before me as a candidate and he
was worried that it might take so long to get ordained that the best years of his
life would be behind him.
did so well in both of the seminaries and is so appreciated by those who were responsible for his
Most of them will join his
friends and people from the parishes where he
has served in rejoicing, sharing his
happiness and thanking God.
On all scores, Carl Melchior
is ready and like an obstetrician, I am ready to use my hands to make it happen.
We should rejoice and be glad and throughout this week, pray for Carl
Update: Please note correction in "ERRATA, CORRECTION, OR JUST OOPS!"
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