Mothers have a special place in world of priestly vocation


Catholic Register, 26 May 2017

In Toronto the priestly ordinations usually have a maternal character. The customary date is in May, Mary’s month, and usually falls the day before Mother’s Day, which is not a religious feast day, but certainly can be looked upon with the eyes of faith.

This year was more so, because the ordinations fell on May 13, the centennial feast day of Our Lady of Fatima, the queen of the Church’s current Marian age. Then the First Masses of the new Fathers were on Mother’s Day, the Fifth Sunday of Easter. I was blessed to attend the First Mass of Fr. Favin Alemão, ordained on Saturday together with his brother Father Ryan Alemão.

I rarely cry, but when I do it is most frequently at the Holy Mass. Sometimes at funerals, though more often at weddings and ordinations and professions of religious vows. At Fr. Favin’s First Mass I was a weepy mess!

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