Thursday, October 20, 2011

Congratulations, Fr. O'Cinnsealaigh!

Fr. Benedict O'Cinnsealaigh was formally installed as rector of Mt. St. Mary's Seminary ("of the west") and the Athenaeum on Sunday. I have to admit to enjoying the timing of the event -- the anniversary of John Paul II's election as the Holy Father. Certainly, being a seminary rector does not include quite the same level of responsibility as the Vicar of Christ, but there was something about the humility and servant-leadership of Fr. O'Cinnsealaigh that was a sort of reflection of the love and service given by thousands of priests, bishops and popes over the years.

In any event, I highly recommend reading the new rector's inauguration address from Sunday. I want to highlight just a piece:

Priesthood is an invitation to fall in love, to fall in love with everything that God has created and through the “everything”, to fall in love with God. Fear of a shallow empty life is without foundation in the great love story of God and His people. This love story envelopes the whole Church and, in a very special way, invites the laity into a deeper sense of the opportunities they have to reach beyond the daily and the ordinary and embrace the needs of their fellow travelers in a communal and ongoing search for meaning and purpose.

Read it all here.

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