Friend of the Community Passes Away

Glenmary Father James Patrick Kelly Dies

Father James Patrick Kelly, 95, a native of Sidney, Ohio, and a Glenmary Home Missioner for 62 years, died peacefully March 22 at Mercy Franciscan Terrace, a health care facility in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Father Kelly was the spiritual director for eleven years of the superior/moderator, one of the founders of the Community-in-Formation of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri in Cincinnati, whose priestly ministry is at Old St. Mary’s Church at Over-the-Rhine of Cincinnati.

Being his spiritual director, Father Kelly approved, motivated, and encouraged the formation of the Community-in-Formation at Old St. Mary’s Church in 2008.  As a sign of his spiritual support, he donated to the newly formed Community hundreds of his books.

He died two days after the last visit of his spiritual directee, and he blessed Father Juarez so that he sees to it that Cincinnati Oratory be born, which was Fr. Kelly’s last wish and mission.  In spite of his failing health, he wanted to attend the conferral of habit of his spiritual directee, but died in afternoon of the day before the Conferral of Habit which took place last week.  Requiescat in Pace!

Order of Acolyte

On Saturday, March 24th, Br. Adrian was installed as an Acolyte of the Church by His Excellency the Most Rev. Joseph Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop of Cincinnati.  The Order of Acolyte is an ancient Order, going back to the earliest days of the Church.  There are several times in the Martyrology (Liturgical Book of Martyrs) that records the martyrdom of acolytes.  The Acolyte is considered a Minister of the Altar, and his primary duties include assisting the Deacon at the Altar, and purifying the Sacred Vessels in the absence of a Deacon.  During the Rite, the Bishop handed Br. Adrian a paten and chalice with this exhortation:  Take this vessel of bread for the celebration of the Eucharist. Make your lives worthy of your service at the table of the Lord and of his Church.  We congratulate Br. Adrian in taking this important step on his path to the priesthood!

(Photo Courtesy of E.L. Hubbard and the Athenaeum Webpage)

Habits Conferred

His Grace, Most Rev. Dennis M. Schnurr, Archbishop of Cincinnati, conferred the Community’s new habits at a ceremony earlier this afternoon at Old St. Mary’s Parish in Cincinnati. It consisted of prayers, litanies, chants, and the actual blessing and conferral of the habit. The ritual concluded with the consecration of Chalices and Patens for several of the transitional deacons, from both the Archdiocese and the Community, scheduled for Priestly Ordination on May 19th. A light reception followed the Ceremony. We thank His Grace for making the time to come to Old St. Mary’s for this special occasion. We are also grateful to all of the priests and seminarians who were able to join us on this special day, including Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West (Cincinnati, Ohio) Rector, Very Rev. Benedict O’Cinnsealaigh. Finally, we are very grateful for all of the prayers and support that everyone has shown to us, and we thank all who were able to come out this afternoon. Without the prayers and support of everyone, this would not have been possible. Here are a few pictures from this afternoon, more pictures to come in the following days.

Conferral of the Habit

On March 23rd, 2012, the Archbishop of Cincinnati, Most Rev. Dennis Schnurr, will be at Old St. Mary’s Parish at 4:30 in the afternoon to confer the Community’s new habit on the members.  Please join us if you are able.  More pictures and information will follow after the Ceremony.

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