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Ordination Day for Our Brothers

June 2, 2010

Newly ordained Frs. Larry Anderson, OFM, and David Phan, OFM, pose with (back row left to right) Fr. Dominic Monti, OFM, Vicar Provincial, Archbishop Theodore McCarrack, former Archbishop of Washington, D.C., Fr. John O'Connor, OFM, Provincial Minister, and Fr. Francis DiSpigno, OFM, director of post-novitiate formation.

One of the integral aspects of Franciscan life is the celebration of joyful events and milestones. Whether it be something as simple as a friar birthday or as significant as the profession of simple or solemn vows, the friars enjoy coming together to celebrate.

On Saturday, May 22, Archbishop Theodore McCarrack presided at the ordination of two of our Franciscan brothers, Fr. Larry Anderson, OFM, and Fr. David Phan, OFM, at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Manhattan. Many friars from all over Holy Name Province attended.

Before the ordination Mass, the friars gathered in the friary for breakfast and enjoyed catching up with one another. As our Province is quite large (it covers the east coast of the U.S.), many friars do not get to see one another all that often. As you can imagine, it was quite a noisy and chaotic scene! But, out of the chaos came order, as we were instructed to begin lining up and processing into the Church for the Ordination.

Attending events like these is something I always look forward to, and this day was no exception. It was a wonderful experience of being there to support Larry and David, and celebrate this joyful day with them. Being present with so many of my friar brothers reminded me of the rich fraternal life that we are blessed to enjoy. Whenever we come together, there is a genuine sense that we are truly a brotherhood that supports one another.

For me, personally, one of the most moving parts of the ordination ceremony is when all the ordained friars present come forward to lay hands on the heads of our newly-ordained brothers. In doing so, we offer them our own personal blessing, which to me signifies our commitment to one another. It was yet another affirmation of those famous words of St. Francis:  “And the Lord gave me brothers…”

Congratulations to Larry and David! May the Lord bless them and guide them in their priestly ministry to God’s people!

By Fr. Brian Smail, OFM, Vocation Director

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