Friday, May 27, 2005

A New Father

I ask all readers' prayers today for Deacon Tom Woods, who will be ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Washington on Saturday morning. Soon-to-be Father Woods will be an amazing priest. He served at the Catholic Student Center on Maryland's campus this year and was a great blessing. Not only did he help out Fr. Bill, but he helped all of us students learn more about the priestly vocation and the amazing grace Christ pours out to those He calls to this ministry. He's sarcastic, funny, holy, sarcastic, down-to-earth, a wonderful preacher, sarcastic, a great resource for all sorts of questions, and is totally devoted to Our Lord (oh, and did I mention he's sarcastic?)

Deacon Woods told me one of the few things he kept in his room in seminary was a statue of St. Therese of Lisieux because "St. Therese loves priests, man." So I ask that all pray through the intercession of St. Therese (who was the spiritual companion of a couple of young seminarians and priests in her lifetime) that Fr. Woods' priestly ministry be a holy and fruitful one.