News from San Antonio Church – July 5, 2020

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Weekly Bulletin

by Terrie Evans

Our San Antonio Church Community sadly announces the passing 2 months ago (May 3rd) of Jane (O’ Toole) Cranley at the age of 92.  Jane and her late husband, Edward who passed away on October 19, 2010 were longtime supporters and benefactors for many years in the history of our church.  They were both born in Medford, Massachusetts where Paul Revere rode to  on his midnight ride, where the inspiration from a sleigh ride “Jingle Bells” was penned, and the poem that later became the song “Over the River and through the Woods” was composed.  The town of Medford on the Mystic River, 7 miles from Boston became home to many Irish Americans such as the O’Toole’s and Cranley’s.  Ed and Jane were married during the time he  proudly served our country as a Naval Aviator in World War II and Korea and were together  for 60 years.  They located to Cincinnati when Ed’s father, John J. Cranley  acquired Willis Music Company in 1955.  Ed joined his father in  the company that soon  became the leading publisher for teaching methods and solo pieces.  In 1965, Ed  became President of the company that was established in 1899 and continued for the next 59 years with Jane’s support to see the Willis Music Company prosper.  The team of Ed and Jane were dedicated to their family of 5, their Catholic Faith, and their community.  They were very excited to be a part of their children’s and grandchildren’s lives and experience the growth of their family owned company when their son, Kevin Cranley  succeeded  his father as President in 1990.       

We send our thoughts and prayers to the Cranley and O’Toole Family Members and to their children, Son, Kevin and wife Debbie, Daughters:  Kathleen and  husband John Rudnick, Nancy Cranley, Lynne and husband Gary Hood, Terry and  husband Peter Flottman.  Jane also leaves 14 Grandchildren and 14 Great Grand Children, and their good friends Joe and Mary Ann Cupito.  Preceding  Jane besides her beloved husband Edward  were older brothers Richard and Francis O’Toole.     Jane will be missed  and mourned by her many friends and golfing buddies around the Crestview Hills area of Kentucky  and all her friends from San Antonio Church who will always be indebted to Ed And Jane Cranley for their  support. 

News from San Antonio Church – June 28, 2020

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by Terrie Evans

On this last weekend in June we  look forward to the 244th Independence Day of the United States of America on Saturday, July 4th, 2020.  Independence Day is the National Day of the United States that commemorates the formal  Declaration of Independence of the United States on July 4, 1776.  Before the signing, our Congress declared that the 13 American Colonies were no longer ruled by Britain or its Monarch, King George III.  On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted to declare independence and they  were now united, free and independent states, becoming a formal declaration on July 4th, the actual date shown on the Declaration of Independence.  The resolution was proposed by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia to declare the United States independent from Great Britain’s  as there were conflicts with the British Government over taxes and rights.  The 13 Colonies (New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia)  had a high degree of self- governing with active local elections that made them resist London’s demands for more control. 

Within the years from 1625-1775, the colonial population grew from 2,000 to 2.4 million.  The British found themselves with large debts and decided to increase the tax base with the Sugar and Currency Acts of 1764, the Stamp Act of 1765, and the Townshend Act of 1767.  There soon was much discontentment concerning British Rule and in 1774, colonists elected delegates to the First Continental Congress  in Philadelphia in  September.  At the convention,  delegates penned a draft to explain this proposal and the decision, while a Committee of Five prepared a statement with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. 

One of the signers, John Adams wrote to his wife Abagail: “The second day of July 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America, I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival.  It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.  It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more”.

Two signers of the Declaration of Independence , Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both served as Presidents of the United States and died on the same day on July 4, 1826 which  was also the 50th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.  James Monroe, although not a signer, but a Founding  Father  of our great country who became President also died on the 4th of July in 1831.  Our 30th President, Calvin Coolidge was actually born on July 4, 1872. 

Many will celebrate this 244th July 4th with family  picnics and parades all while proudly flying the American Flag as we remember those 13 original colonies and the sacrifices those colonists endured to make our country the greatest place on earth to live!  Happy 4th of July weekend!

News from San Antonio Church – June 28, 2020 – Padre Pio

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by Terrie Evans

While we were away, all of the parishioners of San Antonio  said many prayers for our church and each other.  During this time, a few needed repairs were completed to keep our building and surrounding area in the best possible shape.  We had the concrete pad replaced on the White Street side and repairs on the ramp side areas into San Antonio were fixed.  Finally, we addressed the bell tower with extra protective wire netting so no more birds could wiggle their way in as they did in the last few months.  After the fixes were made, the whole area was then cleaned and sanitized.  Although our building and grounds were checked on and maintained during this crisis, someone entered our brick memorial garden and admired our beautiful marble Padre Pio statue from Italy  so much they took it.

Our parishioner, Vince Cerchio ordered the likeness of Padre Pio in memory of his mother, Lena (Florimonte) Chercio (1932-2018) who much revered the works of the saint.  St. Padre Pio had a worldwide  following upon his death on September 23, 1968 was Canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2002.  Since it went missing, we have called upon our saint in waiting, Sister of Charity, Sr. Blandina  Segale, Servant of God for its safe return.  Now it is time to  include  Padre Pio of Pietrelcina  in our prayers to intercede for this special intention.  

“Beloved Padre Pio, today, I add my prayer to those offered to you everyday by those who love and venerate you.  Because of your friendship with the Lord, He heals those you ask to be healed, and forgives those you forgive. 

Through your visible wounds of the Cross which you bore for 50 years, you were chosen in our time to glorify the crucified Jesus.  Please help us bring the Cross back in our midst, for we acknowledge it is the only true sign of salvation. 

As we lovingly recall the wounds that pierced your hands, feet and side.  We not only remember the blood you shed in pain, but your smile  and the invisible halo of sweet smelling flowers that surrounded your presence: the perfume of sanctity.

Saint Padre Pio, in your kindness, please help us with our request (Please make the sign of the Cross as we say this special prayer to  him for the return of our statue).   As we pray to you, bless me and my loved ones.  In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Amen.”

News from San Antonio Church – June 21, 2020

It appears that the very first possible day that we may resume the Celebration of Mass at San Antonio Church will be May 31st. The State of Ohio advised that there should be no gatherings in churches up until May 29th. and the Catholic Bishops of Ohio agreed We are not sure if we will actually start that day . Please check back on the website for updates.

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Weekly Bulletin

by Terrie Evans

On this Father’s Day weekend we wish all the  Dads and Fathers of our Church many prayers of gratitude for the many gifts you have bestowed on all of us.  We also honor all our “Spiritual Fathers” the priests who have served us at San Antonio Church over the years.  This Sunday we honor all the influences of Fathers  who taught us the meaning of strong family ties and the foundation for us to celebrate our Catholic Faith.  It is now celebrated in over 111 countries as a way to honor fathers and  the role they play in parenting and fatherhood.   Since 1910, Father’s day has been celebrated in the United States on the 3rd Sunday in June.  By 1924, President Calvin Coolidge worked to make it an official holiday  but was defeated by Congress. The proposal was taken up again in 1957 by Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith; but the discussions went on until 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation to honor fathers.  In 1972, then President Richard Nixon made Father’s Day a permanent national holiday when he signed it into law.  In the Roman Catholic tradition and in Italy; Father’s Day is celebrated on St. Joseph’s’ Day (Festa Di San Guiseppe) on March 19th , which was considered a public holiday.  

In many countries,  Saint Joseph is referred to as the Fatherly Nutritor Domini (Nourisher of the Lord) and the putative father of Jesus.  It is thought that Joseph, the foster father of Jesus was assumed to be the natural father of Jesus  therefore; St. Joseph is the Putative Father of Our Lord.  The celebration to honor fathers  on St. Joseph’s Day was originally a Southern European tradition brought to the Americas by the Spanish and Portuguese.  Around the 15th Century, the Catholic Church supported the custom of a celebration of Father’s Day on St. Joseph’s  Day with  the support of the Franciscan Order.  As in many countries we always reserve the 3rd Sunday in the month of June to honor all the men from our parish.   

All of  our  San Antonio Church families will always remember  those men who are no longer with us and the many sacrifices the past generations of our fathers and grandfathers endured to give us a better life in this wonderful country of the United States of America.   Please keep them in your thoughts on this day and say a special prayer in their memory.  The Reverend Billy Graham said it best :  “A good Father is one of the most  unsung, unpraised and unnoticed and yet is one of the most valuable assets in our society.”  Happy Father’s Day!

News from San Antonio Church – June 14, 2020

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by Terrie Evans

This Sunday we honor the Feast of Corpus Christi  also known as the Solemnity of the Corpus Christi to celebrate the elements of the Eucharist.  St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church proposed the feast to Pope Urban IV in 1264.  St. Thomas created the feast to focus on the joy of the Eucharist being the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ which was soon extended to the whole Roman Catholic Church.  Traditionally there are processions held  of the Blessed sacrament displayed in a Monstrance followed by the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.  Every year in Rome, the Pope presides over the Eucharistic Procession that begins at the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran and then proceeds to Saint Mary Major where it concludes with the Benediction.

On this weekend we also celebrate the feast of St. Anthony of Padua (June 13th) with the tradition of blessing of St. Anthony Bread.  Known as St. Anthony the Wonder Worker, many turn to him for their prayer requests as he is known as the Patron Saint of lost items.  He was known as a great Franciscan preacher, instructor and Doctor of the Church.  He became well known throughout Italy and France as the Hammer of Heretics  for his sermons defending the Catholic Church and helping to strengthen people in their faith.  He was canonized a year after his death by Pope Gregory IX in 1232.  St. Anthony reminds all of us that we should never lose our faith and to forget the  saving power  of God’s love and grace especially in these difficult times.  All proceeds from the bread and ribbon will be given to the good works of the Franciscan  Order. 

June 14th is also Flag Day to commemorate the adoption of the Flag of the United States by the resolution of the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777 which is also the 245th  birthday of the United States Army (June 14, 1775).  The week of June 14-June 20, 2020, is designated as “National Flag Week”, President Trump will issue a proclamation to observe the day as the anniversary of the adoption by the Continental Congress of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the Unites States of America.  Many towns will hold parades and events in celebration of all that Americas national flag represents.  Our flag will be displayed in all government buildings with the National Flag Day Foundation holding a special program with a ceremonial flag raising, reciting the Pledge of Alliance and singing of the National Anthem. 

News from San Antonio Church – June 7, 2020

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Weekly Bulletin

by Terrie Evans

This Sunday we honor the Feast of Corpus Christi  also known as the Solemnity of the Corpus Christi to celebrate the elements of the Eucharist.  St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church proposed the feast to Pope Urban IV in 1264.  St. Thomas created the feast to focus on the joy of the Eucharist being the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ which was soon extended to the whole Roman Catholic Church.  Traditionally there are processions held  of the Blessed sacrament displayed in a Monstrance followed by the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.  Every year in Rome, the Pope presides over the Eucharistic Procession that begins at the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran and then proceeds to Saint Mary Major where it concludes with the Benediction.

On this weekend we also celebrate the feast of St. Anthony of Padua (June 13th) with the tradition of blessing of St. Anthony Bread.  Known as St. Anthony the Wonder Worker, many turn to him for their prayer requests as he is known as the Patron Saint of lost items.  He was known as a great Franciscan preacher, instructor and Doctor of the Church.  He became well known throughout Italy and France as the Hammer of Heretics  for his sermons defending the Catholic Church and helping to strengthen people in their faith.  He was canonized a year after his death by Pope Gregory IX in 1232.  St. Anthony reminds all of us that we should never lose our faith and to forget the  saving power  of God’s love and grace especially in these difficult times.  All proceeds from the bread and ribbon will be given to the good works of the Franciscan  Order. 

June 14th is also Flag Day to commemorate the adoption of the Flag of the United States by the resolution of the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777 which is also the 245th  birthday of the United States Army (June 14, 1775).  The week of June 14-June 20, 2020, is designated as “National Flag Week”, President Trump will issue a proclamation to observe the day as the anniversary of the adoption by the Continental Congress of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the Unites States of America.  Many towns will hold parades and events in celebration of all that Americas national flag represents.  Our flag will be displayed in all government buildings with the National Flag Day Foundation holding a special program with a ceremonial flag raising, reciting the Pledge of Alliance and singing of the National Anthem. 

News from San Antonio Church – May 31, 2020

It appears that the very first possible day that we may resume the Celebration of Mass at San Antonio Church will be May 31st. The State of Ohio advised that there should be no gatherings in churches up until May 29th. and the Catholic Bishops of Ohio agreed We are not sure if we will actually start that day . Please check back on the website for updates.

We would like to thank everyone who has continued to contribute to the ongoing expenses of San Antonio Church by mailing in their weekly envelopes or by contributing electronically utilizing WeShare . The buttons below allow you to make an online donation directly to the listed account for San Antonio Church.

Weekly Bulletin

by Terrie Evans

On this last Sunday in May as we gather for our first Mass together since March, we celebrate Pentecost, in the Christian tradition it is the day as promised by Christ when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Apostles and Disciples in the form of tongues of fire. This feast commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the followers of Jesus Christ while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks.   It is one of the most ancient feasts of the Church, celebrated on the 50th day after Easter.  The fifty days from Easter Sunday  to Pentecost Sunday are referred to as  Eastertide.  Pentecost (Shavuot)  is also the Jewish Liturgical celebration, the  Feast of Weeks which was originally a harvest feast, but now commemorates the revelation of the Torah to Moses on Mount Sinai.  

Pentecost is also  called White Sunday in the United Kingdom where many  celebratory festivals with  brass bands and parades with girls dressed in white leading the procession. 

In  Germany it is called Pfingsten and is considered the beginning of springtime, warmer weather and outdoor activities.  Many fairs are held throughout Europe on this day and in France it is customary to blow trumpets during church services to recall the sound of the mighty wind to signal the descent of the Holy Spirit.  In Italy, Pentecost is referred to as Pasqua Rosatum, as churches scatter rose petals from their ceiling to recall the miracle of the fiery tongues.  The Italian name Pasqua Rossa comes from the red colored vestments used for Pentecost.  A popular tradition used in churches all over the world is to use roses for the altar and all church decorations with many parishioners wearing red colored clothes to celebrate the Holy Ghost.  In Germany, green branches from Birch trees are commonly used  as part of the church decorations.   On the night of Pentecost, there is a Vesper service called the “Kneeling Prayer” taken from the composition of St. Basil the Great.  The long poetic prayers are said while everyone prostates themselves as their foreheads rest on the floor.  During these prayers, a petition is added for all those in hell that they might be granted relief and be released from their confinement.  

Across all denominations, Pentecost has been an opportunity for all Christians to honor the role of the Holy Spirit in their lives and to celebrate the birth of the Church.  Catholic and Protestant congregations may hold spiritual retreats, prayer vigils, and litanies leading up to Pentecost and a day when Confirmation celebrations take place.   On this day, 50 days from Easter Sunday, many will pray a special Novena to the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.

News from San Antonio Church – May 24, 2020

It appears that the very first possible day that we may resume the Celebration of Mass at San Antonio Church will be May 31st. The State of Ohio advised that there should be no gatherings in churches up until May 29th. and the Catholic Bishops of Ohio agreed We are not sure if we will actually start that day . Please check back on the website for updates.

We would like to thank everyone who has continued to contribute to the ongoing expenses of San Antonio Church by mailing in their weekly envelopes or by contributing electronically utilizing WeShare . The buttons below allow you to make an online donation directly to the listed account for San Antonio Church.

Weekly Bulletin

by Terrie Evans

On this Sunday we honor the Ascension of Jesus which occurs 40 days after he rose from the dead on Easter.  This day commemorates the Risen Christ ascending into heaven in the presence of His Apostles.  This feast tells us that when Jesus Christ entered the sanctuary of heaven, He will intercede as a mediator for us and assures us the permanent outpouring of the Holy Spirit.  The Ascension is  the concluding work of redemption and the pledge of our own eventual ascension into heaven.   In the Catholic Tradition, it began as a three  day “rogation” to ask for God’s Mercy with a procession of torches and banners symbolizing Christ’s journey to the Mount of Olives and His entry into Heaven.  Rogation days of penance and prayers were similar to Ember days and in 1969 were replaced by periods of prayer extending from one to several days. 

Early Christians would honor the Ascension of Christ in a cave on the Mount around 312 AD.  The village of Bethany is the location of the traditional site of Mount Olivet where those Christians honored the Ascension.  Around 384, the Ascension was venerated on a new site, uphill from the cave.  Luke Chapter  24 tells how Jesus leads the eleven disciples to Bethany where he instructs them to remain in Jerusalem until the coming of the Holy Spirit.  In  the year 390, a wealthy Roman woman, Poimenia constructed the original church, “Eleona Basilica” Greek for Olive Garden which was destroyed in 614 and rebuilt and eventually demolished.  There is only a 12X12 meter octagonal Edicule or memorial that remains.  Inside of the structure is the Rock of the Ascension as the last remnants of the original basilica.  Also, on the top of the Mount of Olives is a Convent of the Ascension that is maintained by the Russian Orthodox Church.  

Many will pray a Novena to the Holy Ghost between Ascension and Pentecost asking for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.  In Christian Theology, the death, resurrection and exaltation of Jesus are the most important events and a foundation of the Christian Faith.  The Ascension has been a frequent subject of Christian art since the 6th century.  Around the 9th Century, scenes of the Ascension were being depicted on domes and churches with many scenes having two parts, an upper (Heavenly) part and a lower (Earthly) part.  The ascending Christ may be carrying a resurrection banner or make a sign of benediction with his right hand.  The blessing gesture By Christ with his right hand  is directed towards the earthly group below him and signifies that HE is blessing the entire church.    In His left hand, he may be holding  a scroll, signifying teaching and preaching.  

Passing of Marleen Steers (nee Cerullo) May 14, 2020

May 12, 1933 ~ May 14, 2020 (age 87)

Marleen Angela Steers (nee Cerullo)
May 12, 1933 – May 14, 2020

We regret to inform you of the passing of Marleen (Cerullo) Steers, a long time member of our San Antonio Church Family. Due to the current pandemic, services will be private. Please keep Marleen’s family and friends in your prayers.

Our San Antonio Church community sends its prayers and condolences to the Steers, Cerullo, and Stevens families on the passing of Marlene (Cerullo) Steers.  She was a resident of Covenant Village at the time of her death.  Marlene was a parishioner of San Antonio throughout her life; along with her parents Anthony and Rose (Stevens) Cerullo who were both descendants of the original families who settled in the Lower Lick Run area of South Fairmount.  The Cerullo family homesteads were once located  at 1890 Queen City and 1730  Harrison Avenues.  Marlene and her mother Rose were staunch supporters of our church and were part of the organized group who held many meeting  and candle light vigils in the 1980’s to keep San Antonio open.  She was a member of the Ladies Sodality (later the Men’s and Women’s Society) and worked all the festivals, spaghetti dinners and other fundraising events.  She was present at the 50th Anniversary, the Diamond Jubilee in 1997, and the dedication of our Memorial Brick Garden.  She became widowed early in her marriage when Ronald died suddenly and worked hard to support their 6 children on her own.  She eventually became the 1st female E.M.T. Fire Fighter for the City of Cheviot from 1976-1998.  Preceding her in death were husband Ronald, sons Duane, Dana and Darren Steers.  Marlene leaves to mourn her passing, daughters Diana Michaels, Donna (Ted) Richards, Debbie (Jim) Still, 12 Grandchildren and 21 Great Grandchildren.  She also leaves many cousins and friends.  A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date. 

Obituary at Niehard Minges Funeral Home.

Steers, Marlene A. (nee Cerullo), beloved wife of the late Ronald Steers. Loving mother of Diana Michels, Donna (Ted) Richards, Debby (Jim) Still and the late Duane, Dana and Daren Steers. Also survived by 12 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, staff & friends from Covenant Village. Dear sister of the late Rosie Schneller. Loving daughter of the late Anthony Cerullo and Rose (Stevens) Cerullo. Age 87 years. Marlene was the first female E.M.T. Fire Fighter for the City of Cheviot. She served faithfully from 1976 to 1998. Services will be private. A memorial Mass will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to The Cheviot Fire Department, 3814 Harrison Ave. Cheviot, Ohio 45211.

News from San Antonio Church – May 17, 2020

It appears that the very first possible day that we may resume the Celebration of Mass at San Antonio Church will be May 31st. The State of Ohio advised that there should be no gatherings in churches up until May 29th. and the Catholic Bishops of Ohio agreed We are not sure if we will actually start that day . Please check back on the website for updates.

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Weekly Bulletin

by Terrie Evans

On this Sunday,  all the parishioners from San Antonio Church send our congratulations and prayers  to the 3 men who were ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, May 16th.  Those new priests previously served the Archdiocese of Cincinnati as Deacons coming from home parishes  of St. Cecilia, St. Leo and St. Jude.  The first new priest, Christopher Komoroski was born in Arkansas located to Cincinnati with his parents and two sisters at the age of 10 and attended  St. Cecilia Parish.  He became active with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) while in college which steered him to a devotion to Christ and his becoming a Deacon in the Catholic Church.  Fr. Christopher Komoroski’s favorite prayer is to recite St. Claude de la Colombiere’s “Act of Hope of Confidence in God”. 

The Archdiocese’s second new priest is Benson Lokidiriyo who was born and raised in the remote village of Turkana, Kenya, the eldest of a family of four and along with his younger sister the only Catholics in the family.  He was the only member of his family to attend school attaining a Catholic education through the generosity  of Catholic Missionaries.  He received his Master’s Degree in International Relations from the American University in Nairobi and worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) where he met an aid worker who arranged his passage to Cincinnati in 2015.  He enrolled at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary while working out of St. Elizabeth Seton in Milford and became a Deacon at St. Leo the Great Parish serving  the African Refugees, Guatemalan Immigrants, African American and Anglo Communities.  Fr. Benson Lokidiriyo is very appreciative of all those who helped him achieve his dream of becoming a priest and working within the Archdiocese. 

The third new priest, Andrew Reckers  is a Cincinnati born and raised West Sider from  St. Teresa of Avila where he was Baptized  and  Our Lady of Visitation where he attended grade school.  He  graduated from Elder High School  and from the University of Cincinnati with a Degree in Biomedical Engineering before he enrolled in the pre-theology program at St. Mary’s Seminary of the West in 2013.  He has been a parishioner at St. Jude the Apostle Parish for the past 13 years.   Fr. Andrew Reckers considers his Catholic upbringing, his parents, two brothers and sister for encouraging his vocation to become a Deacon and then enter the religious life as a Priest.  Fr. Andrew Reckers appreciates all  the many Priest Advisors who worked with him through his studies especially Fr. Paul Ruwe, his Spiritual Director.  Please keep all of these new priests in your prayers.