Katie L., who is volunteering in the Heart’s Home Center in Madras, India, tells us about this great event for our Heart’s Home family worldwide that was the ordination of our two first Indian priests:
“The ordinations of Father Oliver and Father Albert marked a deeply beautiful and joyful time in the life of the Garden of Mercy. The ordinations were scheduled for the 15th of January, just after Christmas. The funny thing was that I found the ordinations to be so similar to Christmas! Again we were waiting for the coming of Christ – except this time we were anticipating, with such fervor, the special presence of Christ in new priesthood of our beloved brothers.
When we were preparing for Christmas we spoke many times with the children about the coming of Jesus, prepared a Christmas drama, and put careful attention into details such as cleaning, cooking, decorating, and singing. The preparations for the ordinations were strikingly similar. We explained to the children that Brother Albert and Brother Oliver would soon be a priest like Father Peter, a French priest of Heart’s Home living in the Garden. “No!” they cried in astonishment, “But how? Will they be able to say Mass?” They were completely enthralled. The rest of us shared their vigor, but in different ways. Again we put careful attention into cooking, cleaning, and decorating in order to receive the families and friends of Heart’s Home and the priests-to-be. And the volunteers took special care to prepare a novena to be said during night prayer with the children for the upcoming ordinations.
The morning of the ordinations was greeted with great joy – even in the midst of running around and trying to put together last minute arrangements. The women put on their best saris and flowers in their hair and the men broke out their cortas (long white shirts worn on nice occasions). In the Basilica I watched the Garden look on Oliver and Albert with a deep pride and joy as they stood at the altar, being consecrated to Christ in their priesthood. All of us were so excited to accept Christ in this special way.”