Pictured (Father Tom Barrett of Nativity Catholic Church celebrates Mass) Among the 50-year jubilarians at the Chrism Mass on April 20th, we honor Fr. Seraphin Conley, T.O.R. Fr. Seraphin served for many years as the Spiritual Assistant for Lady Poverty Fraternity, the secular Franciscan group to which I belong. As I read the story about him in the Florida Catholic, I became caught up in a flood of recollections. He once remarked that St. Francis could see one branch overlaid on another and exclaim: “the cross of Christ!” In this simple story, he brought me to an understanding of the sacramental imagination so vital in Catholic Christianity. His homily on St. Stephen’s feast day gave me insight into the Christian reality of dying and rising with our Savior. St. Stephen’s martyrdom set the stage for St. Paul’s ministry. I recall the heartbreak of his story about the Paraguayan couple who couldn’t afford the ten cent bus ride that would rescue them from the driving rain in the mountains. But most unforgettable for me were his prophetic words shortly after my profession of the secular Franciscan Rule of Life: “You will suffer for Him.” The dying and the rising written on my heart! In celebration of this wonderful priest and his brothers throughout our diocese, we feature the 2009 DVD: “Why I Became a Priest” Nine priests speak about their discernment of our Lord’s call. These are the men who preach the Gospel to us – our pastors and associate pastors. Eavesdrop on Fr. Alfonso Cey as he whispers in God’s ear: “Yes Lord, I am here to do your will.” Hear Fr. Chris Hoffman’s vivid description of active-duty deployment as a military chaplain. Fr. Pat Sheedy heard the call just as his father picked his younger brother to live out his earlier dream of farming. “I love work, I love the land, I love everything to do with the soil.” Fathers Alfonso Cely, Jesús Arroyave and Hector Vasquez offer their testimonials separately in English and Spanish segments. I smiled as I heard my own pastor, Fr. Tom Barrett, say: “When I look back over twenty years of priesthood, I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.” Fathers Augustine Clark, Tim LaBo and Peter Puntal offer equally moving testimonials. Our patrons are allowed to make copies of this DVD. Order this title @ click here or call Dan Hardester or Diane Gallagher@ 407-246-4895 (or 4897).
Pictured (Father Tom Barrett of Nativity Catholic Church celebrates Mass) Among the 50-year jubilarians at the Chrism Mass on April 20th, we honor Fr. Seraphin Conley, T.O.R. Fr. Seraphin served for many years as the Spiritual Assistant for Lady Poverty Fraternity, the secular Franciscan group to which I belong.