“Who touched me?”

I was blessed to attend Fr. Aaron Foshee’s Mass of Thanksgiving this past Sunday. Fr. Mike Keucher of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis managed to post Fr. Jim Goins’s (my pastor) homily!

Unending Mercy

11707557_785054792539_5312074134638215957_nThis past Saturday, my good friend, Fr. Aaron Foshee, was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. Below is the homily preached by Fr. James Goins (without text or notes!) at his Mass of Thanksgiving.

We celebrate this morning the gift of a new priest. A new priest has come down to the vineyard of the Lord, a new voice, and what a voice it is. We gather here with Fr. Foshee and his family. We, his brother priests who are here with him, will gather around the altar this day and pledge to him our priestly friendship, our prayers and support for him in the years to come.

I want to look at the miracle within the miracle in the Gospel passage. I want us to contemplate this unfortunate suffering woman who risked all to thread her way through the crowd, to find a way to the hem of…

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God Qualifies the Chosen

“God does not call the qualified, he qualifies the chosen.”  This is something that over the past several months, I have had to remember.  I am not perfect, nor will I ever be.  I’m an ordinary person.  Some might try to make me sound or feel more qualified than I truly am, while others (including Satan) will try to tell me that I am a wretched person who has no future.  Neither of these are true.  While I can be striving for greatness, I am not there yet.  There is only so much I can do outside of an environment conducive for formation.

Last week, I was accepted as a Seminarian for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.  I have been assigned to attend St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, Colo.  I will begin studies there in August.  Since many might wonder what the next step of the journey is, I thought I would try to explain things to the best of my ability.

Next year, my first in seminary, I will go through a Spirituality Year.  A few things that highlight this year include a technology fast and an Ignatian 30-Day Silent retreat to conclude the year.  These will be the biggest challenges for me.  As my brother seminarians have told me, SY is the “Best year you never want to do again.”

Following Spirituality Year, I will go through two years of philosophical studies, which will give me the proper foundation for the following four years of theological studies.  If it is God’s will, I will be ordained to the priesthood after my fourth year of theology.

Your continued prayers are requested over the coming years, as I seek to do God’s will.

Photo courtesy of Zak Boazman (Archdiocese of Oklahoma City)

St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, Denver, Colorado.  Photo courtesy of Zak Boazman