Saturday, June 26, 2010

Gerard's biggest day (so far)

I had the great privelege not only of going to Gerard Hatton's ordination to the diaconate at Wonersh Seminary but of assisting in vesting him as a deacon, a singular privelege and joy for me.
It was good to be their, our bishop was on good form, there was a real sense that this a diocesan family affair. It was obviously a day of great joy for Gerard's family and for his seminary confreres.
The liturgy was rather beautiful, most of it in English but with the Missa De Angelis.
I have only been back two or three times since my own ordination, so it was quite a pleasure to see the changes that had taken place, especially in the way in which staff and students interacted, it seemed a happy place.
Say a prayer for Gerard that he will grow in zeal and holiness for the Lord and his Church.

6 comments:

Terry said...

Great news. God bless Gerard Hatton and his future ministry.

Did you meet Fr Sean Finnegan and Jeffrey Steel in Wonersh, too?

Fr Ray Blake said...

Terry,
Yes, drove up with SF and met a good number of readers too which is always fun!

Jeffrey Steel said...

It was good meeting up Father! Look forward to many others in the near future.

Jeffrey Steel said...

It was good meeting up Father! Look forward to many others in the near future.

PaulineG said...

It is also both a joy and privilege to have Deacon Gerard with us in Weybridge.

I, too, much enjoyed meeting you again yesterday, Father.

georgem said...

Oh, yes. Prayers in abundance for Gerard and all those of the new generation of priests who are our hope for the future of the Catholic Church - and for such as you who will be their guides and mentors.