Taking Holy Orders

I once joked to a priest friend, “You say you took Holy Orders as a celibate. As a married man I have to take holy orders everyday. My wife orders me to do this and orders me to do that…’

By God’s grace I was ordained deacon yesterday in the Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Charleston. Nice touch… to be ordained in a Baptist cathedral here in the homeland of the Southern Baptists.

The main picture is myself with Bishop Robert Baker. The second pictures me and Bishop Baker with Fr James Parker, the first former Episcopal married priest to be ordained under the pastoral provision back in the late 70s. He happens to be a priest of our Diocese of Charleston.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12160692717572191491 O=onionboy.ca+luminousmiseries.ca

    Congrats. What an honour. I am in the early days of discerning. Heck, I’m in the early days of being a Catholic. God’s best to you in your new ministry.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11588466847964164126 Jay Anderson


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06821950576683551325 Esther

    Congratulations and God bless!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05854814785393574799 Keith

    Congrats Dwight! We’ll keep you in prayer for your upcoming ordination to the priesthood.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12373317560249811006 Dwight Longenecker

    Thank you friends! This was a long time coming, and I can say with full confidence, ‘Wait on the Lord, Wait I say on the Lord.’For ten years I have waited on the call of the church to the priesthood, and now it has happened everything about it is far more perfect than if I had tried to make it happen my way.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15692229876291491107 Mark

    Wonderful! Congratulations, Dwight, and all the best.Mark

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13531034731461673925 Julie D.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09829257111579899926 Jonathan

    Congratulations, Dwight! How this must make wife and children proud! May it be also for your spiritual children!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17214160805043485136 Pontificator

    Congratulations, Deacon Dwight! May the Lord bless mightily your diaconal and (very soon) priestly ministry.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11571103547316554627 Rich Leonardi

    Congratulations, Deacon Longenecker. There certainly are wonderful things happening in the Southeastern corner Ecclesia Americana.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14702278020570844195 Taylor

    Congratulations. Very good news!