So just who were these vow-making Paulines, if not members of any of those Pauline institutes? In an historic event for the Pauline Family, yesterday the first two American priests of the Institute of Jesus the Priest (founded by Blessed James Alberione) made vows: the first American member, Father Michael Harrington, made his perpetual vows, and another Boston priest, Father Ed Riley, made his first vows. Yes, as priests they already made the promise of celibacy, and a promise of obedience to their bishop. Yesterday they strengthened that commitment to the level of a vow, a solemn oath to God, an act of worship. Plus they added the vow of poverty (not a requirement for diocesan priests, who are encouraged, but not obligated, to live simply--granted that since priests are among the lowest-paid* of all professional workers, that doesn't take a lot of imagination).
|Sister Marie Paul congratulates Father Riley, IGS, a long-time|
collaborator in our mission (since his pre-seminary days!).
So rejoice with the worldwide Pauline Family as it expands in our country--and pray that the two congregations (Sisters of Jesus the Good Shepherd and Sisters of Mary, Queen of Apostles) which do not yet have any American members or foundations might soon be established here as well, for the glory of God and the good of souls!
*Average yearly salary for a Catholic priest in 2010 was $30,940 before taxes. (Good thing housing is usually provided!)