All heaven and earth rejoiced in grateful praise to God our Almighty Father as the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word had two friars ordained priests and two friars ordained deacons.
From the Cathedral of St. Paul in Birmingham, Alabama, priests and the faithful gathered, along with the viewing audience of the Eternal Word Television Network to witness the diaconate ordination of Br. John Paul Mary and Br. Paschal Mary and the priesthood ordination of Rev. Br. Leonard Mary, Rev. Br. Patrick Mary, and Rev. Mr. Doug Vu. The local ordinary, Bishop Robert Baker presided over the June 2nd ordination.
After the ordination Mass, Fr. Doug Vu, Fr. Leonard Mary, and Fr. Patrick Mary blessed the attendees in the Cathedral social hall. In the evening friars of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word along with their families gathered for a reception and celebration at John Carroll Catholic High School in Birmingham, Alabama.
Deacon John Paul Mary will spend his summer weekends at Our Lady of the Valley Parish while managing the EWTN pilgrimage office. For eight weekends this summer, Deacon Paschal Mary is assigned to St. Mark’s Parish. In August he returns to Mount St. Mary’s Seminary for his final year of priesthood formation. Both Deacons are set to be ordained to the priesthood next June.
Fr. Leonard Mary is assigned to the Annunciation Friary in Irondale, Alabama. He will serve as Assistant Chaplain to the EWTN employees, manage the friars media and assist at the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament and in local parishes. As vocation director, Fr. Patrick Mary is assigned to the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama and will assist in Irondale.
Know that our newly ordained friars pray for you and look forward to serving you with charity and humility. Please pray for them.