Today’s find: Father’s Day

After nearly 33 years of fatherhood, I think I was inclined to believe my children had pretty much already done all they could do to delight their Dad. I stand corrected.

This Father’s Day is shaping up to be one for the record books, coming — as it does — the day after our son’s ordination to the priesthood.

Even for a motormouth like me, it’s hard to put into words just what an extraordinary thing it was to witness that sacramental celebration — and to be part of the even greater sacrament of family, friends and community that surrounded it. I saw the Body of Christ come alive yesterday, as we came together to raise up Chris and four of his fellow Jesuits to receive Holy Orders at St. Francis Xavier (College) Church in St. Louis.

It’s a Father’s Day gift unlike any I can recall receiving over the past three decades — one made all the more profound (I hope) by its sharing. So without further ado, please enjoy a few of the most recent highlights from this proud (and delighted) Papa’s family album…

Niece Hannah gets to know her uncle Chris at the pre-ordination reception Friday evenings

Niece Hannah gets to know her uncle Chris at the pre-ordination reception Friday evenings. (That’s brother Brian–Hannah’s Dad–in the background.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In church on Saturday, Uncle Gerard, Hannah and her mom Sarah awaiting the start of the big event.

In church on Saturday, Uncle Gerard, Hannah and her mom Sarah awaiting the start of the big event.

As Mass begins, Chris enters the church as a deacon...

As Mass begins, Chris enters the church as a deacon…

 

The community prays over the ordinandi as they lie prostrate before the Lord.

The community prays over the ordinandi as they lie prostrate before the Lord.

 

Archbishop Carlson anoints Chris' hands, sealing his priesthood with the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Archbishop Carlson anoints Chris’ hands, sealing his priesthood with the gift of the Holy Spirit.

 

Chris, going 'solo' during the Eucharistic Prayer, as he concelebrates Mass for the first time.

Chris, going ‘solo’ during the Eucharistic Prayer, as he concelebrates Mass for the first time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Immediate family gathers 'round the newly ordained Rev. Christopher J. Schroeder SJ.

Immediate family gathers ’round the newly ordained Rev. Christopher J. Schroeder SJ.

 

...and one more time, with feeling, at the post-ordination reception...

…and one more time, with feeling, at the post-ordination reception…

 

 

A small sampling of the family, friends and relatives who were on hand to help us celebrate...

A small sampling of the family, friends and relatives who were on hand to help us celebrate…

Ellen with her brother, the Father.

Ellen with her brother, the Father.

 

 

I mean, really: How could a father (and mother) feel any more blessed?

I mean, really: How could a father (and mother) feel any more blessed?

 

Let us pause now…to recall that we are in the presence of the Holy One.

 

 

 

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13 thoughts on “Today’s find: Father’s Day

  1. mike s

    Happy Father’s Day – you and Gerri are blessed with a beautiful family. . . John enjoy the day. . . Continued Blessings to you, Gerri, Chris and the whole family . . . AMDG

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  3. Beautiful, John. Congratulations. May God continue to reichly bless you and your family.
    Chuck Raymond

  4. lisamarie63703

    Wow! Awesome John! I am so happy for you and Gerri and your family! Your pictures are great!

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