Well it has been quite a few years since we have experienced a son of the parish being ordained to the sacred order of priests...but it surely comes back to us as something quite natural and expected! Alleluia!! Just say it out loud a few times: "Father Matthew Jordan, Fr. Jordan"...ah, to think he was born and bred, learned and loved from these pews and day school. Even though his parents, Walter and Shari, and sister Elizabeth (who is preparing for marriage this summer with Chase) are the most excited, we are so overjoyed of such a day of glory as this. Thank you for being the kind of parish that takes ownership and prayerful responsibility to teach our children what it means to love the Sacraments and lay down their life for the sake of eternity! This is Fr. Jordan's home and he is now our priest for eternity. Please continue praying for parents to have the love to encourage their sons (or their only son like the Jordans, the Bearers, and my parents) to consider their vocation to sacred orders. Pax, Fr. Bline
To my beloved home parish,
I cannot begin to express the level of gratitude in my heart on this great weekend. I am thankful for the many gifts from God. I am so very thankful for the beautiful gift that you have been to me both in my time in the seminary and as I was growing up. As I have been molded and formed for these nine years, you have always supported me with your prayers, your kind messages of support, and your love has meant more to me than you could possibly know. As I continue on in ministry with St. Hilary Parish, please know that I will always be a son of this parish and that you will always have a special place in my heart. Please continue to support our remaining seminarians - David Stavarz, Alex Clark, Chris Dougherty, Ryan Arto, and Luke McNeill as well as you supported me. Our parish is truly blessed to have a great culture of vocations and I pray that that continues to be a reality. Please also be assured of my prayers.
Fr. Matthew Jordan