One of the guys who was ordained in last years group told me that most of the time in the summer, he just takes his shirt off and wears a white T-Shirt under his. That’s a possibility to stay cool. I guess when you layer the stole, and dalmatic over the alb, it’s going to be warm regardless of the material.
You mention the path to being ordained seems to take so long, and yes it does, but the three and 1/2 years that I have been in aspirancy and formation really have flown by. That’s sad as in the blink of an eye, God willing, I may be ordained. The years in formation I know will be some of my most memorable years. All the friendships that I have made, the fun times I have had, etc. It is reminiscent to when my parents would tell me when I was in grade school or high school to enjoy the moment as before I know it, I will be in the working world and wishing I could have those school years back. That is so true. I am so blessed to have gotten to know all the guys and their families who have been in formation with me. In a year and a half, God willing, I will be preparing to be ordained. I better live in the moment now and enjoy these times, as they will be over soon, and a new chapter, which will be just as enjoyable and just as much of a blessing will be upon me (ordained or not). I still can’t believe that God would have a use for someone like me. God is awesome with things like that though!