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Monday, May 31, 2010

First Solemn High Mass - Fr. Rhone Lillard

Fr. Lillard was ordained in Lincoln, Nebraska last Saturday. Today in San Diego, at St. Anne's Parish (which exclusively does the EF form of Mass) Father Celebrated his first high Mass. I culled some of the clearest shots of the Mass and reception which followed. [Earlier in the week Father also said some of the low Masses. Towards the end of the slide show, Fr. is pictured with his mother, Jackie Lillard, who is a member of our parish.

Congratulations to Fr. Lillard and his friends and family and the prayerful support of the parish. I have yet to meet a priest belonging to the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter who doesn't show extreme zeal and love of God and his people.
Fr. Gordon, was the deacon, and Fr. Gordon is celebrating his 2nd anniversary to the priesthood. The pastor, Fr. Gismondi, acted as subdeacon, and is shown at the end of the slideshow receiving a "first blessing" from Fr. Lillard. The pastor was formerly a chemical engineer, ordained for a bit less than 10 years, and the associate, Fr. Gordon, served in the US Coast guard, and was also has a degree in engineering from the CG Academy. God is loving His engineers!

The society is filled with men with true joy of the priesthood, and I expect Fr. Lillard will be no exception.

If any of you saw the dedication of the new Chapel for the FSSP seminary in Nebraska earlier this spring, Fr. Lillard had acted as the Master of Ceremonies. I gather the society is looking for a few good men! As Fr. Gismondi had said in a sermon "well, I thought I had plans to be a chemical engineer, but....God thought otherwise!"

1 comment:

Dominic Mary said...

How Splendid the Mass was . . . and what a joy to receive a blessing from a new priest !

Ad Multos Annos, Father - and, today particularly, may Our Lady of Walsingham pray for you in your ministry.

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