September 29th, 2019
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.”
Last Sunday, September 22nd, Archbishop Harry Flynn passed away. He was the 8th Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and led our diocese from 1995 to 2008.
Archbishop Flynn was a wonderful man, priest, and archbishop. He is fondly remembered for his gentle and pastoral care of everyone he encountered. He was a wonderful preacher, and spoke with zeal about loving Christ and living the Christian life. He loved being a priest, and would often say, “If I had a hundred lives, I would live every one of them as a priest!”
I will personally miss Archbishop Flynn. He was the Archbishop when I entered the seminary, and I will never forget many of the wonderful moments I was able to spend with him as he led and inspired us.
One of the great accomplishments of Archbishop Flynn was the way he transformed our two seminaries, the Saint Paul Seminary, and Saint John Vianney College Seminary. I credit it to his leadership that we now have two of the best seminaries in the country.
I will also always remember a very simple and beautiful way that Archbishop Flynn would pray. He would repeat these simple words, and you could see they came from his heart: “Come Lord Jesus, come Lord Jesus, come Lord Jesus, come Lord Jesus… Lord Jesus, come.” So simple, and yet so profound. This prayer expresses the deep desire of every Christian’s heart longing for Jesus. I say this prayer often, and I invite you to do so as well, but to say it slowly from the heart.
The funeral for Archbishop Flynn will be on Monday, September 30th, at 11am at the Cathedral. I encourage you to consider joining me for this beautiful Mass as we pray for the repose of his soul.
Diaconate Ordination in Rome
This Monday, I am heading to Rome for a very special occasion. I will be attending the ordination to the diaconate of a good friend of mine, Clayton Forner. He and I both grew up attending Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Chaska, MN. Thus, his ordination is a very special event, not only because he is a good friend, but because he will be ordained at the Vatican! The Pope himself won’t be celebrating the ordination, rather, an American Bishop will be celebrating it, but the ordination will take place in St. Peter’s Basilica.
Clayton is a seminarian studying in Rome, and he will be ordained a priest next May along with four other men from our Archdiocese who are studying at the Saint Paul Seminary.
I will be gone from September 30th through October 10th. In case of pastoral emergencies in my absence, please call St. Nicholas in New Market, or Most Holy Trinity in Veseli.
You are in my daily prayers.
God bless you,