The Friday Five: Corpus Christi and The Call

This week, as we pray together for the men in our diocese who will be ordained to the priesthood and the transitional diaconate on Saturday, we reflect upon Our Lord’s invitation to the priesthood and those who respond generously to His call.

By: Elise Italiano, Director of Communications

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(Photo by Stacy Rausch | Arlington Catholic Herald)

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Tomorrow, June 6, 2015, Bishop Paul S. Loverde is scheduled to ordain seven men to the diocesan priesthood and one man to the transitional diaconate, bringing the number of newly ordained diocesan priests to 20 since 2012. Check the Arlington Catholic Herald and the Catholic Diocese of Arlington Facebook page for photos of the ordinations. We’ll be live-tweeting from inside the Cathedral! Follow #calledtoserve

So many people today, especially in our region, prioritize status and power, yet here are seven men ready to simply help others who are in need and to bring them the love of Jesus Christ. —Father J.D. Jaffe, Director of Vocations

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St. John Vianney, patron of all priests says:

The priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus. When you see a priest, think of our Lord Jesus Christ.

More information on the diocesan priesthood is available on our website.

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Speaking of the Heart of Jesus, please join us in praying a #novenaatnoon to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Did you know that Bishop Loverde consecrated the diocese to the Sacred Heart on November 20, 2011? Check out his pastoral letters Fountain of Life, Fire of Love and Go Forth with Hearts on Fire for some spiritual reading on the subject!

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This week we remembered many martyrs who gave their live for their faith, some clergy and some laymen: Saint Justin Martyr, Saints Peter and Marcellinus, Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions, and Saint Boniface. What does Pope Francis have to say about marytrdom?

A Christian who does not take the dimension of martyrdom seriously in life does not understand the road that Jesus has indicated. —May 11, 2015

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On Sunday, we will celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Let us thank in a particular way our priests, through whose hands we receive the source and summit of our life (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1324)!

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