Oridination to the Priesthood on Saturday, June 12th

Saturday, June 12, Deacon Sylvestre Obwaka and Deacon Gerald Okoli will be ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Gaylord by Bishop Hebda at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall.

Also from the Diocese website:

On the eve of the ordination, Bishop Bernard A. Hebda will preside at Vespers for the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Presence of the Blessed Sacrament. The service, offered in thanksgiving to Almighty God for the generous response of Deacons Sylvestre and Gerald to the call to serve as a Priest of Jesus Christ in the Diocese of Gaylord and to pray for an increase in vocations, will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 11 at St. Mary Cathedral.

Read more about our two newest priests here.

I hope I can make it!

Photo & Video Gallery of Bishop Hebda's Ordination

Some great photos and video taken by Art Gonzalez at Bishop Hebda's Ordination on 12/1/2009 at the Cathedral in Gaylord, Michigan. Thanks for sharing Art!

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Ordination Slideshow

Photos and articles from the ordination keep popping up. The latest is a slideshow of Bishop Hebda's Ordination by Michael Jones of the Gaylord Herald Times.

View Slideshow: Bishop Hebda Ordination and Installation at Gaylord Herald Times

Solemn Vespers Tonight at Cathedral

Bishop HebdaAs a convert I didn't grow up experiencing any of the traditions of the Catholic Church. So tonight I get to experience something new on the eve of the ordination of our new bishop. I'll be heading to Gaylord for Solemn Vespers tonight at 6 p.m. in the Cathedral. I didn't find out until the last minute that I'll get to go and needless to say I'm very excited. An article from the Petoskey News-Review breaks down the events for tonight and tomorrow. Here's what's happening tonight (no ticket required, all are welcome!)

The liturgy will include psalms, a scripture reading of the day, and the Bishop-elect Hebda will make his Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity as he prepares for his Episcopal (bishop) ordination the following day. A reception will follow in the parish hall.

Unfortunately I didn't receive a ticket to go to the ordination on Tuesday, so if you are going, please share your experiences in the comments!

Read New bishop to be ordained in the Petoskey News-Review

Photo from the Petoskey News-Review