Today was the 25th anniversary of Father Warren Keene who is the assistant pastor at my parish. He is a great priest who spent ten years as an organic chemist before entering the seminary in the Diocese of Gibratar and later received the S.T.B., M.A., S.T.L. and J.C.D. degrees from the Pontifical University of S. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. He has served in my parish since 1992.
He is a wondeful homilist and his homilies are always soaked in the Church Fathers. His homilies are never long, but always well crafted with bits that stick with you later. I also love his reverence at Mass. His rapt attention during the consecration is a joy to watch as it is quite apparent that he is once again caught up in the mystery of the Eucharist. He also have a lovely singing voice that is very pleasing to the ear when he chants the Mass. Whether he is saying the indult Latin Mass or the new order of Mass you enter into the mystery with him. That you know you are not participating in mere ritual but something much much more. It is also a joy to watch him do Benediction on first Fridays after Eucharistic adoration.
My parish is blessed with faithful and wonderful priests and even though I often parody or write on liturgical abuses they have provided zero source material for it. I have to go to other parishes so that I can commiserate with others.
This Sunday is Priesthood Sunday so please take the time to thank the many wonderful and holy priests.