“Called, consecrated,sent.” With these simple yet profound words Saint John Paul II described the stepping stones to the Sacramental Priesthood.
Paul C. Iverson and Ernest Russell Mower received such a call and through years of preparation and discernment have had their calls ratified.
On May 30, 2015, I will have the privilege of consecrating Deacons Iverson and Mower to the priesthood of Jesus Christ and his Church through the laying on of hands and the power of the Holy Spirit through the Sacrament of Holy Orders.
Then they will be sent forth to serve, to preach, to minister the sacraments to the people of God in the name of Jesus. Paul Iverson, a son of St. Anthony Parish In Wylie, will be sent to serve St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Frisco. Russ Mower a son of St. Jude Parish in Allen, will be sent to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Plano.
It is said that the greatest gift is the gift of self. Paul and Russ have given themselves to the service of God, but their gifts of themselves is possible only because of the gifts of others; parents, teachers, family, pastors and the myriad of those who have shaped their lives. We thank and bless them all for their gifts that have made this happy event possible.
I pray theses two young men will be blessed with many years of ministry in the Lord’s vineyard.