Ordination at Twilight
From our La Salette History: In a letter written from Prome, Father John O’Reilly, M.S., describes the triumph and the joy that were felt on the occasion of the ordination of the first priest from their mission. After thirty years of difficult, unrewarding labor, this event underscores the patience and devotion with which our Fathers in Burma have given themselves to the task. The ordination that took place in the afternoon of March 18, 1967, is laden with meaning for our group of missionaries. Now that work of the Spirit which demands the witness of an apostle will be pursued by the firstborn of a critically-needed native clergy—the first of a long line we hope. (From our present-day Editor: Since our recent reimplantation in Myanmar on Nov. 18, 2005, we now have several La Salette priests working in a new area of Myanmar.)
|The headwaters of the Irrawaddy River which flows from
north to south through Myanmar and is the country's
largest river and most important commercial waterway.
From the La Salette Publication,
Reconciliare, May 1967
“As long as the day lasts I must carry out the
work of the one who sent me.” (John 9:4)
The problems connected with the coming ordination gathered around these central points: the place for the celebration, the feeding of the guests, the training of the clergy and servers and the choir. We had applied for permission from the District Educational Committee (which had “nationalized,” that is, confiscated everything on “our” property outside of the cathedral and the Bishop’s house) to use the property and the buildings, that is the school and the boarding buildings. That application was sent up in January.
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