A couple of weeks ago we were privileged to attend the ordination of a family friend … Deacon Jim Theby (second from the leftt in this picture) was ordained a transitional deacon for the Archdiocese of St. Louis Meaning that, God willing, Deacon Theby will become Father Theby this coming May (May 24th at 10 am to be exact … and it’s most definitely already on my calendar!).
At any rate check out a complete set of photos and commentary by Jeff Geerling, a seminarian at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis.
Deacon Theby is slated to be part of a bumper crop of nine new priests for the Archdiocese of St. Louis this coming May … and the numbers are generally getting bigger in the younger classes. In fact, if you’re not aware Kenrick-Glennon Seminary is having to deal with the influx of men discerning the call.
Talk with some of these guys and you’ll see the fire and zeal for the new evangelization … answering the call of JP2, which is also the call of Vatican II. New evangelization for a new world.
Immutable Truth Leads to Hope
What is the new evangelization? In short it’s taking the immutable, timeless message of redemption through Jesus Christ crucified, our hope and the hope of the whole world, and making it real in this time and this place, in this culture.
This is very, very encouraging all around. God is raising up a new generation of priests for his Church … how awesome is that? The Church may not be very popular in many circles right now (the Truth has a way of being hard to accept sometimes, doesn’t it?), and we (all of us) have certainly messed up on many occasions, but God is doing exactly what He said he would do – making sure that the gates of hell would not prevail.
The Truth remains the Truth, faithfully proclaimed. No compromise, no watering down or rationalization. Hope for a broken world.
Now that is encouraging indeed.