Three Men Ordained as Catholic Priests - KOTA Territory News

Three Men Ordained as Catholic Priests

There is a shortage of catholic priests. Few men are choosing the vocation. But KOTA Territory is bucking the trend.  Tonight not one, but three local men were ordained into the priesthood at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.  The parish celebrated this rare occasion tonight in a ceremony steeped in ancient church traditions.

Grant Gerlach, 35, of Rapid City says, "After six years of seminary, there are a lot of things that are attractive about the priesthood.  I've fallen in love with the person of Jesus Christ.  The faith is so rich and so deep and so profound.  I just want to be that person that helps people connect back with the Lord."

Jonathan Dillon, 26, from Custer explains, "I don't think anybody really expected this kind of wave, but for so many years we've been praying for vocations and praying for God to raise men up.  And God really touched our hearts to join the mission.  It is a very blessed day for the diocese."

A packed Cathedral watched as the men accepted the Rite of Ordination, with their election by Bishop Robert Gruss, and consent of the people.  About fifty religious men performed the laying of the hands, praying over these three candidates.  And finally the men were given their priestly vestments and the Bishop anointed their hands.

Adam Hofer, 28, of Rapid City says, "It's the end of the seminary journey, but it's the beginning of ministry.  And it's a beautiful liturgy, the Ordination Rites are beautiful."

Father Michel Mulloy spoke for the parish at the significance of tonight's event.  Mulloy says, "I think the prayers we have prayed for years for vocations have really born fruit.  It's the result of God graciously responding to us, beseeching him to send men into this great ministry we are involved in."  

Fr. Mullloy went on to say, "God has so richly blessed us with three men, three good men, quality candidates who are ready to assume the responsibility."

Each of the new priests will celebrate their first mass in the coming days.  The parish has two more local men are in the seminary right now who could be ordained next year.

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