What an occasion that was! We were at San Fernando Cathedral in downtown San Antonio, and as soon as the archbishop had ordained me, he declared the canonical erection of the parish and appointed me to be the Founding Pastor. Thirty-one years later, and I'm still here...still with plenty to be done!
Here are some pictures of that happy and blessed occasion. I know I've said it before, but it really does seem as though it was yesterday.
|The Procession into the Cathedral of San Fernando,|
with my Presenter, Fr. Scagnelli, next to me
|The Prostration during the Litany of the Saints|
|The Laying on of Hands|
One more bishop, and it would have been a consecration!
|The Promise of Obedience|
to the Archbishop and his Successors
|Administering Holy Communion to my wife, JoAnn|
(expecting our daughter Catherine)
|The Priest's First Blessing,|
Archbishop Flores and Bishop Popp kneeling to receive it
|Our little family at the time|
(left to right) Sarah, Christian and Nathan