I am so grateful for my 32nd anniversary of final profession in the Congregation of Holy Cross. Tomorrow is also the anniversary of my ordination as deacon with Bishop Hanifen, retired bishop of Colorado Springs. I stand in great humility with my classmates, John and Rich this day.
On Friday, September 10, 1982, I professed vows of poverty, celibacy and obedience forever in the Congregation of Holy Cross. The evening celebration took place at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame. The following day on Saturday, September 11, 1982, I was ordained a deacon by Bishop Richard Hannifen from the Diocese of Colorado Springs, Colorado. That ceremony took place at Moreau Seminary on the campus of Notre Dame, in South Bend, Indiana.
A few months before I professed my final vows, I was standing at a party with a group of Sisters of the Holy Cross. Sister Katherine Reichert, CSC was very ill at the time with bone cancer. She stood on two crutches in the middle of all those religious women and we chatted about my decision to make final vows. She asked me…
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