hope

Jul 1, 2018

Last night our Christchurch seminarians gathered for dinner with a group of seminarians from the United States who are visiting New Zealand accompanying one of their newly ordained brothers. The night was hosted by a Christchurch family at their home, and the gathering was filled the good conversation and laughter that is a mark of a gathering friends.

One year ago today, July 1 2017, our Christchurch diocese rejoiced at the ordination to the priesthood of three young men, Fr Alister Castillo. Fr. Huynh Van Tran and Fr. Graeme Blackburn. Tragically, six months after the ordination celebration our diocese was in mourning at the tragic death of Graeme. Our grieving continues and our prayers today are with Graeme’s mother Erin, his family and many friends and parishioners who experience both sorrow in the broader context of the joy of hope in Jesus Christ that Graeme proclaimed in his brief priestly ministry.

So today especially let us offer a prayer of thanksgiving for these ordinations, and for the gift of our local seminarians. And I know that you will join with me in praying that Graeme now shares the fullness of the life in Christ which he proclaimed in his ministry.

Ad Multos Annos is our prayer for Huynh and Alister
and we pray filled with hope that Graeme now lives in God’s kind keeping.

1 Comment

  1. Remembering Father Graeme Blackburn with love and thanks for his time with us at Our Lady of Victories. Sincerely Gabrielle Gibson

    Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Latest Posts

moving ahead

moving ahead

The discipline of daily writing keeps me alert to the presence and action of Jesus in my life every day.

the seekers

the seekers

If the Magi had settled for seeking creature comforts, they would never have encountered the Lord.

truth seeking

truth seeking

A faith that is deeply rooted in friendship with Christ is adult and mature. It is this friendship that opens us up to all that is good

a conversation

a conversation

a podcast conversation between Siân Owen RSJ, Merv Duffy SM & John O’Connor

the blessing

the blessing

Nothing can take this peace from believers. Indeed, sufferings do not undermine but build up our hope,