Assumption in Romania...
Assumption in Romania just celebrated a wonderful moment in its history this past Sunday, June 24, 2007. Three of our brothers were ordained priests in three different sites : Catalin Florea in Cachan (France), Iulian Prajescu in Lille (France) and Ovidiu Robu in the beautiful cathedral of our own diocese here in Iasi. Both of our communities were well represented.
Only Fr. Bernard Stef who remained in Blaj because of his age and Fr. Iosif Gal, who was in France with Catalin family, were not present.
Our Oblate Sisters, who are very numerous in Romania, were also very well represented.
So it was a day of joy for our entire religious
What could be better? What cathedral in the world could have boasted of such an event that day?
In the face of such a harvest, what else could be done but to call in three other bishops to lend a hand to our own shepherd, Bishop Petru Gherghel.
It was a perfectly organized ceremony and with British precision, starting at 11 AM and ending at 1:30 PM. In Brazil I have seen it take the same amount of time for one priest!!!!
To be sure, most everything is different here......so well planned and so well implemented. There were, as I said, 30 ordained ----- 14 for the diocese of Iasi, 3 for Bucharest, 10 Conventual Franciscans, 1 Capuchin, 1 Scalabrini, and our own Brother Ovidiu. There was also a wonderful assembly of priests approximately 200.
And on a Sunday!! With the religious, family and friends, the cathedral was woefully inadequate for this crowd, not to mention the fact that they had to endure a scorching sun (that was almost Brazilian) while they waited in the church plaza.
Fr. Guy Clerc from Toulouse, superior of the
community where Ovidiu did his diaconate, represented the provincial.