The Church is Alive; the Church is Young

On Friday we travelled to Columbia, SC for the ordination of six men to the priesthood to serve for the Diocese of Charleston. Fr. Michael Cassabon is a young man in his twenties who has trained at the North American College in Rome.

Michael is a graduate of St Joseph’s Catholic School. He is our first graduate to be ordained as a priest. He is also a graduate of St Mary’s School, and a member of St Mary’s, Greenville. It was a great weekend of celebration for our whole Catholic community. It was very moving to be part of the ordination service on Friday, and then take part in Michael’s splendid first Mass of Thanksgiving at St Mary’s this morning.

In addition to the ordination this weekend, one of our young Dominican school teacher sisters made her solemn profession to the religious life today in Nashville. Sr Mary Lucy actually taught my youngest son in second grade this past year, and my wife has travelled to Nashville to support her.

More than that, today one of our girls; Catherine Pellicano leaves home to begin her period of postulancy as a Dominican sister in Nashville.

Soon we start a new school year at St Joseph’s with some fine new, young staff members.

In Greenville, South Carolina it’s great to be Catholic! Here the church is alive. The Church is young.

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  • the owl of the remove

    Welcome back, Dwight – sorry about your book – but what wonderful news about the state of the Church in the Bible Belt – send some of that good stuff up here!!

  • Anonymous

    Father Dwight, I am a recent convert, received in to the Church this past St. Marys in Greenville! Coming from a strong Southern Baptist background, I was searching for a parish grounded in the Catholic faith that would guide, teach and live the true Catholic faith. I thank God for the priests, deacons and wonderful parishoners at St. Marys who have helped me in my journey Home. I read your blog every day and it has been such an encouragement to me as I Run the Race and try to share my faith with others.NLJCLARY in Greenville