Did anyone attend an ordination this year? I did. On May 30, 2015, two men were ordained for my diocese. One is a “late vocation”. Last year, I attended the ordination for a neighboring diocese since an old friend of mine was ordained a Catholic priest.
One thing to watch for when attending an ordination is the laying of hands. That is the “apostolic succession”. I never understood this teaching until I the first ordination I attended (it was in 2004 when a college friend of mine was ordained for the Austin Diocese). The apostolic succession is a part of our faith, and traces the lineage up to St. Peter.
Bishop Farrell gave a good homily too - saying that being a priest is not a “9 to 5” job.
I was glad to hear that the Diocese of Austin ordained six priests 8 days ago (one new priest I was familiar with), and the Diocese of Fort Worth ordained three priests 22 days ago (two priests I was familiar with through seminary visits). I heard the Archdiocese of Chicago, one diocese in New Jersey, and a diocese in Florida had good numbers of priestly ordinations.
If you attended an ordination, what were a few things that you noticed, particularly if it was the first ordination you attended? I hope the church was full. Also, how large was the ordination class? What do you think was the “average age”?