• August 11, 2009

International Heart’s Home Meeting

Flassans, Southern France, June, 2009

Last June, a large number of per­ma­nent mem­bers of Heart’s Home, Servants of God’s Presence, sem­i­nar­ians and priests met for two weeks. We were about a hun­dred people in the small vil­lage of Flassans, on the French Riviera. We cel­e­brated together the priestly ordi­na­tion of five new priests for Heart’s Home.

The meeting opened with a seven-day retreat. During that time we could listen to Fr. Thierry de Roucy’s med­i­ta­tion on the Gospel of John. The second week was ded­i­cated to sharing our expe­ri­ences around the world. With von Balthasar, we reflected on Christian Simplicity as a way to look at all things from God’s per­spec­tive, He who is the out­pouring source of all beings. We con­cluded these two beau­tiful weeks with the ordi­na­tion of five Heart’s Home priests (including Gonzague Leroux). They got ordained together with 20 other Priests and Deacons, by his Excellency the most Reverend Dominique Rey, bishop of Frejus-Toulon, who, on the same day he was ordaining 25 new priests and dea­cons, hap­pened to be cel­e­brating on that day his 25 years of priest­hood!

Last June, Pope Benedict inau­gu­rated the year of priest­hood to com­mem­o­rate the 150th an­niver­sary of the “Dies Natalis” of the Curé of Ars, the Patron Saint of parish priests world­wide. The Holy Father intro­duced the cel­e­bra­tion quoting the Curé of Ars: “Priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus”. Please pray for the newly ordained priests and for many more voca­tions, as the Pope asks us to in his letter.

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Flassans, Southern France, June, 2009

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