On the 25th June this year, Cardinal Vincent Nichols ordained six of our Allen Hall men to the Priesthood at Westminster Cathedral. We congratulate Frs Chris an de Lisle, Tom Montgomery, Damian Ryan, John Sco , Tony Thomas and Chinedu Udo on their ordina ons. It was a wonderful occasion and a great joy to see many years of prayer, careful discernment, and much hard work, come to frui on for the Diocese.
Likewise on the 11th June four other Allen Hall students were ordained to the Diaconate. Reverends Julio Albornoz, Joseph Okoro and Carlos Quito have now taken up full me pastoral appointments for the next year, and Reverend Michael Maguire a part me appointment on weekends whilst he completes his theological studies. Please keep them in your prayers as they approach priestly ordina on in June 2017.
At the priestly ordina ons this year, Cardinal Vincent reflected on the essen al closeness of the priest to Jesus Christ. He called on the newly ordained, and all of us, to live lives that are marked by unfailing charity, selflessness, gentleness and pa ence – a life where Christ is centre stage and we point to him. This dual closeness and witness to Christ demonstrates that priesthood is necessarily missionary in its character. It is about bringing others to Christ, sharing the good news with them, and helping them along the path of faith.
The great example the Cardinal gave was that of Saint John Southworth, a missionary priest, whose relics rest in Westminster Cathedral. Saint John Southworth’s vision of the priesthood was pragma c, prayer centred and deeply missionary. It is that vision which the Cardinal encouraged all present to ponder and take forward – that we might be a church close to Christ, wise of the world, and outward looking. Please pray for our newly ordained men undertaking their first appointments – and keep praying for more priests.