Ordination photographs

More photos of my ordination can be viewed at this Greenville News website.

It was truly a splendid event. The liturgy at St Mary’s is enviable, and has been praised by George Weigel. Check out the chapter on St Mary’s in his book Letters to a Young Catholic.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06534825533948115912 Chad

    Pomp rocks.I love Catholicism.

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

    Hey, Dwight,This may sound like a daft question, but why are there different people laying hands on your head?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10109447515589277727 Sharon

    Fr, I read that you spent 25 years in England and that your wife is English. Did you find it difficult to return to American culture and how did your wife find American culture? I don’t mean my questions to be inquisitive.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09892945376087212097 Jeff

    Wow the vestments are absolutely beautiful, biretta tip for the cassock and I’m loving the priest vested in the cope. It seems like your ordination was a most holy and orthodox liturgy. Congratulations and may God bless your vocation and your family.

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

    Mark, after the bishop lays hands on you the other priests solemnly come by and lay hands on you as well. Yes, the service was orthodox through and through. Beautiful hymns, fantastic music, litany of the saints sung in Latin…it was v. cool

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

    Ah right! I didn’t know that was what happened…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17743179358807894171 Augustinus

    Greeting from England and every good wish for a blessed priesthood, Fr Dwight. I hope that you will be able to tell the story of your Ordination in the Catholic Press in the UK soon. I’m delighted for you that you will be able to exercise your priesthood in your home country and state, but saddened that, for whatever reason, it wasn’t possible for you to do so here in England. God knows that we need good priests and, in my experience as a cradle Catholic, most of the best Catholics come from converts. My grandfather was a convert after 33 years of marriage; my first PP as a child was a convert; my current PP is a Convert; many of my priest friends are converts.God Bless

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

    Hi Sharon, The Lord has been good. Greenville is my adopted home town (my parents and older sister and brother moved here when I moved to England) Therefore we came here on vacation, already had friends here, knew our way around and liked the place. So we have settled in very easily. Had we moved to a completely foreign city I think it would have been much harder.

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

    Jeff, there were two priests with copes. One was Fr Chris Smith, the parochial vicar, and the other was Fr Bart Leon OSB – the Maronite priest.

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

    Augustinus, it wasn’t for want of trying to be ordained in England. I waited twelve years for Catholic bishops to act! Never mind, the Lord had other things in mind, and he always knows best. I will probably write something for the Catholic herald before long.

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

    Oh Father Dwight, it must have been a spectacular and I rarely use this word….awesome ordination!!I am so happy for you!! BTW, great photos!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17743179358807894171 Augustinus

    Fr Dwight – the ‘sadness’ I wrote about was because of the inactivity of the UK bishops – not any reflection on the activities on your part – sorry, if I gave the wrong impression. Unfortunately, as you will know only too well, we’re all too familiar with the inactivity on the part of the English bishops in matters like this. Of course, if you’d been latin-hating, trendy liberal with alternative thoughts on traditional Catholic teaching, that might have been a different matter.At the end of the day, you are now a Catholic priest and I rejoice in that. I agree with your analysis that God works his mysteries as He wishes. God bless.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10071720010689673013 Adoro Te Devote

    Father Dwight, Just taking things into context…will you be going by Father First name or officially Father Longnecker? Just curious. Priests at my parish prefer Father Last Name. I know it’s usually a matter of preference. Congrats on your ordination! What a blessed event…you and your family will continue to be in my prayers…now if this just posts…

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

    Father Dwight.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11920100795895720075 yevrah

    Fr. Dwight,Congratulations! Beautiful Pictures. Hope the DVD is available soon.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15185875893212146794 Ttony

    Also from England: ad multos annos Fr Dwight, and, to quote your book, may your former Anglican ministry be fulfilled in the Catholic priesthood.