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Seven ordained to the priesthood

The ordination Mass of Fathers Matthew Westcott, Charles Madi Okin, Daniel Kennedy, Martin Dzengeleski, Andreas Davison, Christopher Casey and Robert Blaney was celebrated May 26 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. Pilot file photo/Gregory L. Tracy

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SOUTH END -- After years of prayers, study and discernment, seven men pledged themselves to the service of God and His Church at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on May 26.

In front of a packed cathedral, Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley ordained Fathers Robert Blaney, Andreas Davison, Martin Dzengeleski, Daniel Kennedy, Madi Okin and Matthew Westcott from St. John’s Seminary in Brighton and Father Chirstopher Casey from Blessed John XXIII National Seminary in Weston.

During his homily, the cardinal spoke of the importance of knowing God’s love.

“It’s a great tragedy going through our lives not knowing how much our parents love us, but it’s an even greater tragedy not knowing, not feeling, not suspecting how much God loves us,” he said.

“These seven men have discovered God’s love,” added Cardinal O’Malley.

“Today we are witnessing these seven men who have left everything” to follow God’s call, he continued. “We hope they discover...that Jesus is worth it.”

“Ordination is not about cautiously wetting one’s toes, it’s about diving in with Jesus as St. Peter did in the Gospels,” the cardinal told the ordinandi. “We hope that you are diving in with the abandonment that Peter had.”

Cardinal O’Malley also stressed the importance of the Eucharist in the life of a priest.

“For a priest, the Eucharist is that special contact with our Lord,” he said. “When you say ‘Take and eat’ you will be feeding the flock of our Lord.”

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