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Institute of Jesus the Priest Professions November 2015

Fr. Michael Harrington, IGS and Fr. Edward Riley, IGS, the first priests of the Institute of Jesus the Priest (Pauline Family) in the United States.

Fr. Michael Harrington, IGS and Fr. Edward Riley, IGS, the first priests of the Institute of Jesus the Priest (Pauline Family) in the United States. Fr. Michael Harrington made his Perpetual Profession and Fr. Edward Riley made his First Profession on November 8, 2015.

The weather has been particularly nice in the Greater Boston area this fall. The Trees have been in full bloom putting on an autumn show of burgundy red, buttery yellow, golden bronze, amber orange, and a deep purple that lies somewhere between Crimson and Violet. It was especially nice on November 8 when I, Fr. Michael Harrington, IGS, and my brother priest and friend, Fr. Edward Riley, IGS, made our profession of vows in the Institute of Jesus the Priest of the Pauline Family.

As the sun rose and glistened on the leaves, people woke to a beautiful day in New England. It was almost as if God was inviting us to look at the pattern of the changing leaves, to think about their transformation, to mediate on their life cycle, and to recognize that our lives must follow a similar path. The leaves changing color are, in a sense, laying down their lives. In fact, they are most beautiful in their moment of surrender.  But, it is an immolation that brings new life. As the nights begin to cool, the leaves change colors but what is happening below the surface is important. They are producing anthocyanin pigments that flow through the leaf vein and actually protect the plant or tree. It allows the tree to recover nutrients before the leaves fall off and therefore ensures it to be ready for the next growing season. Only then do the leaves surrender. And yet, their work is not done. After they fall, they decompose and restock the soil with important nutrients. They also absorb and hold the rainfall for new growth. They are, in a sense, a seed of new life. God wastes nothing!

Blessed James Alberione, founder of the Pauline Family, likened the Family he founded to a Great Tree with one root, Jesus Christ, and many branches, the various congregations and institutes he founded. If this is so, and I believe it is, then Fr. Ed and I are like leaves on a long and mighty branch of this great tree called to transform and lay down our lives united to the root, Jesus Master, Way, Truth and Life, who in turn brings redemption and new life.

Fr. Michael Harrington and Fr. Edward Riley lying prostrate on the Chapel floor during the Litany of the Saints

Fr. Michael Harrington and Fr. Edward Riley lying prostrate on the Chapel floor during the Litany of the Saints

The Mass celebrated at the Betania II Retreat Center in Medway, MA was preceded by a Eucharistic Visit from 10 am to 11 am. In the Pauline Family, we call the Eucharistic Holy Hour, a Visit since Blessed James Alberione likened the time spent with Jesus to an encounter with the most intimate of friends. Just like when we make a visit to friends and family and joyfully share our news of the day, so must our time be with Jesus, an opportunity to share what is going on in our lives and the feelings it brings out in us. Jesus, in turn, shares his Sacred Life with us.

The Mass began at 11:15 am and was filled with Pauline participation. you might say it had a lot of Pauline colors…

Fr. Matthew Roehrig, SSP, Provincial of the Society of St. Paul was the principal celebrant and homilist.

Fr. Matthew Roehrig, SSP was main celebrant. he is here with Daecon alvaro Soares and Fr. Daniel Hennessey, Vocation Director of the Archdiocese of Boston.

Fr. Matthew Roehrig, SSP was main celebrant. he is here with Daecon alvaro Soares and Fr. Daniel Hennessey, Vocation Director of the Archdiocese of Boston.

 

Music was provided by yHopers

Matthew Kelly, Jenna Kish, Kateri Thekaekara, Maria Thekaekara

Matthew Kelly, Jenna Kish, Kateri Thekaekara, Maria Thekaekara

The First Reading was offered by Sr. Margaret Timothy Sato, FSP of the Daughters of St. Paul

Sr. Margaret Timothy offers the First Reading

Sr. Margaret Timothy offers the First Reading

 

The Responsorial Psalm was sung by Kateri Thekaekara of yHope.

Kateri Thekaekara leads the congregation in the Responsorial Psalm

Kateri Thekaekara leads the congregation in the Responsorial Psalm

 

The Second Reading was offered by Brother Gus Condon, SSP of the Society of St. Paul

Brother Gus Condon offers the Second Reading

Brother Gus Condon offers the Second Reading

 

Witnesses to the Professions of Fr. Michael Harrington and Fr. Edward Riley were Brother Aloysius Milella, SSP of the Society of St. Paul, Sr. Nieves, PDDM of the Sister Disciples of the Divine Master and Robert and Keisha Jakub, HFI of the Holy Family Institute

Witnesses with Fr. Mike and Fr. Ed

Witnesses with Fr. Mike and Fr. Ed

Prayers of the Faithful were offered by Sr. Carmen Christi Pompei, FSP of the Daughters of St. Paul and Sr. Lucille Van Hoogmoed, PDDM of the Sister Disciples of the Divine Master

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Sr. Carmen Christi Pompei, FSP offers Prayers of the Faithful

 

Sr. Lucille Van Hoogmoed, PDDM offers Prayers of the Faithful

Sr. Lucille Van Hoogmoed, PDDM offers Prayers of the Faithful

 

During the Offertory, along with the bread and wine, various gifts were brought forward.

Offertory Procession gifts

Offertory Procession gifts

Offertory Procession

The gifts being offered express the remarkable development of the Pauline Family, founded by Blessed James Alberione, enriching the Christian community with new apostles and new apostolates “Giving Jesus Christ to Today’s World.”

I. The Candle with Ten Flames represents the Ten Voices founded by Blessed James Alberione to announce the Gospel

  1. The Society of St. Paul (1914) – the basket of books and media are the fruit of the apostolic work of the Society of St. Paul and St. Paul’s Publishing
  1. The Daughters of St. Paul (1915) – the basket of books and media are the fruit of the apostolic work of the Daughters of St. Paul and Pauline Books and Media.
  1. Association of Pauline Cooperators (1917) – the Picture of St. Paul expresses our call to embrace and support the Institutes of the Pauline Family so that together we can fulfill the mandate of our founder: to be “St. Paul Living Today.”
  1. Sister Disciples of the Divine Master (1924) – the Vase of Wheat and Grapes represents our mission to live out, for ourselves and others, the paschal mystery of Christ – from his incarnation to his glorification in heaven – which is found in the Eucharist, in the priesthood and in the liturgy.
  1. Sisters of Jesus the Good Shepherd (1938) – the icon of Jesus the Good Shepherd expresses the Sister’s charism to be present in the local Churches in communion with the responsibility of the pastors of the Church, the laity, and other religious. We assist in building the Christian Community, “by announcing the whole Christ, in the whole man and all men in the apostolic spirit of the Founder”
  1. Sisters of Mary, Queen of Apostles (1959) – the icon of Mary, Queen of Apostles expresses our Charism as Sisters and companions of those who live the hard work and the joy of Vocational research. Like Our Lady, we are like channels: A channel carries water. The vocation comes from God, It passes by the channels and comes to souls. The will of God is presented pure. ”
  1. Institute of Our Lady of the Annunciation (1960) – the picture of Our Lady of the Annunciation expresses our call the be imitators of Mary. After her example we try to make of our lives in society a prolongation of her “yes.”
  1. Institute of the Archangel Gabriel (1960) – the statue of the Angel Gabriel expresses our call to be messengers of God’s Good News within the environment in which we live.
  1. Institute of the Holy Family (1960) – the icon of the Holy Family expresses our call to live more deeply the lifestyle of the Family of Nazareth; to live with greater integrity the gift of conjugal life and so “sanctify the community of the Church and the world”; to carry out the apostolate more effectively and in every place,
  1. Institute of Jesus the Priest (1960) – the bread and wine, through the hands of the Priest “in Persona Christi”, becomes the body and blood of our Lord, Christ’s life given so that all may have life.

 

After Mass, Fr. Michael and Fr. Edward took pictures with the various branches of the Pauline Family in attendance and then some pictures with their individual birth families.

With the Society of St. Paul

With the Society of St. Paul

 

With the Daughters of St. Paul

With the Daughters of St. Paul

With the Sister Disciples of the Divine Master

With the Sister Disciples of the Divine Master

 

With the Holy Family Institute

With the Holy Family Institute

With the Institute of Our Lady of the Annunciation

With the Institute of Our Lady of the Annunciation

 

With the Pauline Cooperators

With the Pauline Cooperators

 

With the Holy Family Group of Boston, a special ministry of Fr. Michael's and Fr. Ed's

With the Holy Family Group of Boston, a special ministry of Fr. Michael’s and Fr. Ed’s

With yHope, a special ministry of Fr. Mike's and Fr. Ed's

With yHope, a special ministry of Fr. Mike’s and Fr. Ed’s

Part of Fr. Mike's birth family

Part of Fr. Mike’s birth family

Part of Fr. Ed's birth family

Part of Fr. Ed’s birth family

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