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Presbyteral Ordination of William S. Gural sscc

Brother William (Bill) S. Gural sscc was ordained to the priesthood on October 16, 2021 by the Most Rev. Bishop Edgar da Cunha, SDV, the Bishop of Fall River Diocese, Massachusetts, USA. Bill Gural did his pastoral year and diaconate ministry at St. Joseph’s Church, Fairhaven, Massachusetts where he is ordained a priest.

There were about 250 people in the Church to witness the ordination with 26 priests, 3 deacons, brothers and sisters present there. They were blessed with the presence of the Provincial Lane Akiona, Vicar Provincial Robert Charlton and the councillors Ed Popish and Richard Danyluk.

The bishop delivered very inspiring and encouraging homily and addressed Bill Gural directly, saying, “you are here today because God called you”. The bishop said that the priesthood is not a career or professional choice you made in your life but a response to God who did not call you because you were perfect or even you could become perfect, but because he saw enough goodness and generosity in the depths of your heart to make you his servant to shepherd his people. He also called you to preach the gospel with joy, to celebrate the Sacraments with faith, to counsel and care for God’s people with love. He has called you to be Christ for the world.

The bishop highlighted saying preach the Gospel more with your life than with your words. He said that the priesthood is given to you but not for you. It is to be shared and to be at the service of God’s people. Your life, your time, are no longer your own; they now belong to the Church at the service of God’s people. We never have to pretend we are perfect. We are fellow sinners with God’s people. We are journeying with them in faith. The bishop said to Bill, “remember the Church and the SSCC community need you. They need your faith, your prayers, your service, your fidelity and generosity; they need you, all of you, unconditionally.

Ordination to priesthood is not for oneself, not for honour and privilege but to serve God in his people. The bishop reminded the words of St. Mother Teresa of Kolkata saying God has called us to be faithful than successful and he explained the significant difference between them.

Fr. Bill Gural celebrated his first thanksgiving mass on October 17, 2021 at St. Joseph Church. Both the celebrations – Ordination and the thanksgiving mass were very solemn and prayerful.

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