“For the most holy Eucharist contains the Church’s entire spiritual wealth: Christ himself, our passover and living bread. Through his own flesh, now made living and life-giving by the Holy Spirit, he offers life to men”.
Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, Decree on the Ministry and Life of Priests Presbyterorum Ordinis, 5.
We rejoice at the ordination of seven new priests of our Religious Family of the Incarnate Word (IVE) on May 31, 2014. His Eminence Theodore Cardinal McCarrick presided over the Mass of ordination in the Upper Church at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.
Altogether ten new priests were ordained from our Province of the Immaculate Conception since three other classmates of this group were also ordained this summer: one in Arizona, one in Canada, and one in Costa Rica. This was particularly a great grace during the 30th anniversary of the Institute of the Incarnate Word (1984-2014), the male branch of our Religious Family.
Each new priest of Christ means a perpetuation of the salvific mission of the Cross especially through the sacrifice of the Holy Mass, the forgiveness of sins in confession, and the new life of grace born in baptism. The whole sacramental life is the on-going incarnational action of God’s life in time and space, a fresh surprise of hope for eternal life in all of us.
The same Holy Mass of ordination on May 31st also included the diaconal ordination of five new IVE transitional deacons. May these young men commit themselves to a fruitful service at the altar, as they prepare for the grace of ordination to the priesthood next year.
In the days that followed the ordination, we continued to gather as a Religious Family for the first masses of these new priests: truly a beautiful moment for the whole Church.
We also share an image of the detailing on some of the chasubles made by our sisters…ecclesiastical embroidery to honor the gift of the priesthood, the gift of the Eucharist.
For more Eucharistic texts on this Solemnity of Corpus Christi, we offer a short selection of central documents. Happy Solemnity of Corpus Christi to all — for we have much to give thanks for in honoring the gift of the priesthood and the gift of the Eucharist.
Pope Francis, Homily on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi (2013)
Ecclesia de Eucharistia (2003), St. John Paul the Great
Pontifical Commission on Eucharistic Congresses (the site is in Italian, but it links to events and other resources in English, et al.)