By Fr David Purcell, C.Ss.R.
Graham Hill was ordained a priest, by Archbishop Gerry Pettipas on the 10th of June. Archbishop Gerry spoke about three people who had greatly influenced Graham’s spiritual and personal formation. Most of the priests in the archdiocese attended the ordination; some making great sacrifices to travel from very far flung locations, and then returning to their parishes for their Sunday celebrations!
Graham was also joined by men from his novitiate class; here from right to left are Kevin Zubel and Quy Duong (both of whom were ordained to the Transitional Diaconate on June 26). Fr. Dennis Sweeney, next to Quy, was the rector of Graham’s community during Graham’s theology studies.
Thanks go to many Redemptorist confreres who came from across North America. A banquet for clergy and friends was held before the ordination.
And we are very grateful to many volunteers from St. Joseph Parish who helped to host a reception in the parish hall after the ordination and after Fr. Graham Hill’s Mass of Thanksgiving on the following Sunday.
Many friends were on hand….
Good friends of the Redemptorists,
Kevin and Helen Walker (at left with Fr. Mark Miller)
Younger friends, Natalie and Therese and children (at right with Fr. Santo Arrigo).
And of course the jet set friends who flew in from St. Patrick parish in Toronto (pictured below)!
The Knights of Columbus as always, were very supportive friends of our celebration!
Below are more moments captured at the Ordination Mass and Fr. Graham’s Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday.