On Monday 29th, Seminarians received the cassock from Institute Prior General, Mgr Gilles Wach. On Tuesday, Bishop Joseph Perry, who serves as auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Chicago officiated at the Minor Orders. Meanwhile on Wednesday, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco ordained the deacons and sub deacons and finally on Thursday, His Eminence, Cardinal Burke ordained the priests.
Every liturgical 'i' was dotted and 't' crossed and whilst these ceremonies were the main reasons to be thankful for, I also have to record my sincere thanks for the equally faultless hospitality given at by the Seminarians at Gricigliano and the Sister Adorers of the Royal Heart of Jesus whose convent is adjacent the seminary.
An Englishman was ordained. Canon Scott Tanner hails from Reading and has spent time in his diaconal year at the Institute's houses at New Brighton and Preston. Canon Tanner will celebrate a first Mass next Saturday 11th July at St Birinus, Dorchester on Thames at Noon. On Saturday 31st October at 10am he will celebrate Mass at New Brighton in the presence of Mgr Wach.
Another new priest to have spent time during his diaconal year at Preston is Canon Guillaume Fenoll. He will celebrate a first High Mass at St Walburge's, Preston on the 19th July. Details can be viewed here.
Finally, Canon Jean-Baptiste Commins will also celebrate a first Solemn Mass at New Brighton on Sunday 30th August at 10.30am.
First blessings with plenary indulgence attached will be available after Mass on each occasion.