June is that time of year when seminarians, who have completed their studies, are ordained to the priesthood, via the sacrament of Holy Orders, within the Catholic faith. Yesterday, I was fortunate to witness the ordination of three good men: Father Noah Carter, Father Paul Buchanan and Father Paul McNulty (from left to right in photo with Bishop Peter Jugis) for the Diocese of Charlotte, NC. I have personally known Father Paul Buchanan since he was 16. Father Paul McNulty was once a parishioner of my parish along with his family until a few years ago, and Father Noah Carter served at my parish, Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, last summer as a Transitional Deacon.
God has graced my Diocese! Could it be because we actively pray for priest and religious vocations in my Parish? I think so, and I think God has not only given us what we need, but because of our persistent prayers for vocations, we have been abundantly blessed.
Photo courtesy of the Catholic News and Herald