Tuesday, May 31, 2011


The ordination of Fathers Boniface Willard OP and Mark Francis Manzano took place Saturday, May 28 at St Theresa parish in Oakland California.

It was nice to see so many Dominicans, and Sisters from different congregations, including the Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist (Sacramento)

The interior of St Theresa; much concrete!

Procession starts...

...and at the rear, The Bishop,

His Excellency Anthony Fisher OP of Parramatta, Australia.

The calling of Brothers Boniface and Mark Francis. Note, "calling" to the priesthood is an act of the Bishop, not an interior disposition!


Promises and prayers and litany of the saints...

The laying of hands; apostolic continuity!

Blessings from all the other priests, and there were many!

Including Fr. Andrew Szymakowski

The newly vested priests receiving of the chalice and paten from the Bishop

First blessings given by the new priests: (R to L) Fr Reginal Martin OP, prior of St Alberts, Bishop Anthony Fisher OP, and Fr Mark Padrez OP, Prior Provincial of the Province of the Holy Name of Jesus (Western Dominican Province)

Oh, yeah! party!

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