Broken Bay Diocese has celebrated the ordination of three new priests – the first priestly ordination in the diocese for eight years and the first time in its history that multiple priests were ordained together. Source: Broken Bay News.
Bishop Anthony Randazzo expressed his gratitude to Frs Roger Delmonte, Aldrin Valdehueza and Samuel French for saying “yes to the call of the Lord upon your hearts and lives”.
“We are very grateful you have said yes to the Spirit. The Lord has filled our cup with grace to the point of overflowing,” he said.
The occasion was made more joyful by the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions which allowed Fr French’s family to attend the Ordination Mass at Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara, on Monday. Fr Delmonte and Fr Valdehueza’s families joined in via livestream from their homes in the Philippines.
The three men were ordained on the Feast of St Luke, and Bishop Randazzo urged them to take the evangelist as a model and inspiration for their life and ministry as priests.
“(Luke) sums up the priestly vocation most eloquently in the words of Jesus, ‘whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me’,” Bishop Anthony said in his homily.
“By placing the cross of Christ at the centre of your life, you will be sure to begin and end each day with the Lord Jesus, who is the Alpha and Omega, our beginning and our end.”
Three New Priests for Broken Bay Ordained Together (Broken Bay News)
Grace overflowing as three new priests ordained for Broken Bay (The Catholic Weekly)