New Year’s weekend found me in Vienna.  No, it was not the opera.  It was the ordination of a priest to the Canons Regular of St. Augustine whose home is the famous 900-year-old monastery of Klosterneuburg, just outside Vienna, founded by King St. Leopold the First.

A few years ago the Canons Regular of St. Augustine agreed to offer this Diocese priests to serve as pastors of two parishes in Glen Cove, St. Patrick’s and St. Rocco’s.  Fathers Daniel Nash and Elias Carr are the pastors there and they asked me if I would ordain Father Gabriel Rach of the Canons to the priesthood.  Father Gabriel hails from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, and will be joining Dom Daniel and Dom Elias to serve the two Glen Cove parishes with his two brother priests already there.

The Liturgy was magnificently beautiful in the ancient Church of the Monastery.  The choir enhanced our worship with chant and polyphony.  The Mass was celebrated in Latin, German and English.  Dom Gabriel’s family and some other Wisconsin friends were present.  The next day he celebrated his First Mass at the famous Verdun Altar that is the priceless masterpiece for which Klosterneuburg is so famous. For me it was a great privilege to be able to celebrate the Mass and ordain this young priest who soon will serve in our Diocese.

Please pray for him and the Canons Regular as I promised their Abbot, Provost Bernard.  And as we welcome Dom Gabriel to Glen Cove, we also are reminded to continue to pray for vocations to priesthood for the service of all our parishes here in the Rockville Centre Diocese.