From: Mary Zimmerman
I’d like to momentarily touch base with one of my past articles to add a bit to “God is calling us.” First of all, God calls us into being, then His call is to be baptized and become a child of God, then we are continuously called to follow him in many ways. For me it was to be a wife and mother, a pie maker and writer. Another call is to the priesthood. Yes, Adam McMillan heard that call already as a teenager, first to be a deacon and then a priest. On October 18, 2013, Deacon Adam became a priest. Yes, the harvest is great but the laborers few. What a joy to welcome him into the vineyard, his mission being to guide souls along the road of life that leads to our ultimate goal of heaven, in union with God, all the angels and saints and reunited with our loved ones that have gone before us.
I didn’t know Deacon Adam, now Father Adam, personally, but had the privilege to exchange a few words on his special ordination day. I found him to be very loving, caring and humble. He surely has the makings of a very devout priest. He promised to pray for my intentions and I promised to make him an apple pie. I also gave him one of my books.
Everything about the ordination seemed to be ringing bells of joy. So many of his brother priests from the Diocese of Winona attending along with seminarians (future priests) from the Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary, then the beautiful choir with us lay people filling up the rest of the church.
I was blessed to see so many of my priest friends there. Father Jason Kern always checked out my articles under “A Matter of Faith” while serving at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Father Swamy, a priest from India was such a prayer warrior for me during a period of illness and suffering in my life. Father Niehaus gave me a smile on my way back from receiving Holy Communion. That touched my heart with many memories of working together with him in planning Mercy Sunday while he served at the Cathedral. We both have a deep appreciation for the Divine Mercy devotion which has helped to keep me above the waters of depression. Now it is my calling and duty to help spread the good news of God’s love and mercy, that we are to pray and trust with childlike confidence. Jesus told St. Faustina, “My child, know that the greatest obstacles to holiness are discouragement and an exaggerated anxiety.” Father McMillan shared with me that he is very much into this devotion as well. I’m looking forward to Bishop Quinn conducting Mercy Sunday next year. He has such a gift of humility as well.
We must continue to support our priests with our love and prayers. They give their lives to helping save souls. Let us remember the love and care they are continuously pouring out for mankind. As this great celebration continued we enjoyed a delicious chicken dinner and fellowship in Holy Family Hall, then taking home with us the many memories we had just experienced - the ordination of Deacon McMillan to the priesthood. Thank you God for this day as only you could make it so. We rejoiced and were glad.