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Newsletter of Mater Dei Seminary
July 2003

Other articles in this newsletter:
Reflections on the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ
Moral Theology: The Forgotten Sin

Dear Friends and Benefactors,

Thank you for your prayers and support for our newly ordained priests who are most appreciative for your remembrance of them at ordination. Although some of you could not witness these beautiful ceremonies, for the many who traveled from all parts of the country to attend, it was truly an inspiration. Ten of our priests assisted at the Pontifical High Mass and joined in the imposition of hands. For myself, as often as I have ordained men to the holy priesthood, I am always spiritually overwhelmed by the wonderful event that takes place as these men become other Christs.

I am sure that many of the faithful were moved to tears at the very end of the ceremonies (before the processional out of the church) when the newly-ordained priests gave their parents their first blessing. What an incredible scene! A mother and father kneel before their son (now a spiritual father) and receive his benediction. No doubt their hearts can hardly contain their tremendous joy and happiness and legitimate pride. All the years that they had sacrificed to raise their son in the true faith have now come to a fruitful end.

God was indeed very good to us even on a temporal level on the day of the ordinations. The weather was picture perfect-with clear skies and a temperature in the low seventies. It gave our traditional Catholics from differents parts of the country an opportunity to meet each other for the first time during our reception, which was held both in the church hall and on the seminary grounds.

As for our newly-ordained priests, they are getting “broken in” quite well. Fr. Trough is at Mount St. Michael’s in Spokane to assist Fr. Casimir Puskorius. Fr. Gilchrist is temporarily in Omaha for the summer until he begins his assignment at Immaculate Conception in St. Cloud, Minnesota, with Fr. Brendan Hughes. Fr. Gabriel Lavery will remain in Omaha to assist Fr. Gregory Drahman and myself with our various churches and Mass centers in the Midwest.

Although the dust has settled from the ceremonies of ordination and the first Solemn High Mass of each new priest, events have continued to stir here at the seminary with our annual priests’ retreat, our Sisters’ retreat and vow ceremony, and our upcoming biannual priests’ meeting. Before we know it, our seminarians will be returning for another scholastic year.

Once again, your prayers and support are greatly appreciated! You are remember in our prayers, especially in our monthly Mass for the seminary benefactors.

With my prayers and blessing,
Most Rev. Mark A. Pivarunas, CMRI

Other articles in this newsletter:
Reflections on the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ
Moral Theology: The Forgotten Sin

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