Monday, July 30, 2007
The Ordination to the Priesthood, Diocese of Charleston
The Diocese of Charleston Ordained six men to the priesthood on Friday, July 27, 2006 in a beautiful ceremony in downtown Columbia attended by around 2000 people. This is the first time there have been so many candidates ordained in this southern Diocese since 1953.
This was the first time the ceremony has been held in Columbia (normally the ordinations take place in the Cathedral in Charleston) -- this was to accomodate a larger number of people, and also because of its central location.
It was a beautiful and solemn ceremony. The principle chalice used belonged to Bishop John England, who was the first Bishop of the Diocese when it was founded in 1820. The Presider's Chair was the one used by Pope John Paul II at St. Peter's in Columbia on his Apostolic Visit on September 11, 1987.
What a joyous occasion for the Church in Charleston! Keep these men in your prayers please!
Here are a few photos, and a few more up at Flickr.