STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE — It was during the chanting of the litany of saints — 23 minutes of kneeling on the marble floor of St. Patrick’s Cathedral — when the Rev. Brendan Gormley asked God to help him and his sore knees make it through.
"That’s when I realized that’s what the priesthood will be," the Grant City native and former marathon runner said afterward. "I’ll be relying on God’s grace."
Father Gormley, 43, and the Rev. Kevin Malick, 27, formerly of New Springville, were among 14 men ordained by Cardinal Edward Egan yesterday morning.
Seven priests were ordained for the Archdiocese of New York; the other seven were ordained for the Community of the Friars of the Renewal, a Franciscan order celebrating its 20th anniversary.
It is rather interesting that half of the priests ordained in the Diocese of New York were part of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. The only advertising they have is of course themselves. It seems doubtful that anybody entering this order is under the illusion that it is something other than a sacrificial life given for others. Though living of sacrificial life of holiness is of course a good reminder to all of us.