October 10, 2014
My Dear People of God,
Priesthood Sunday is a special day set aside to reflect upon and affirm the role of the priesthood in the life of the Church. On Oct. 26, we celebrate Priesthood Sunday in the Diocese of Nashville. I am very thankful for our priests and grateful for their gifts and talents. We are blessed to have them.
During this time of reflection, we may wish to consider the words given to us by the Gospel according to Matthew. “You shall love the Lord, your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37) It is this love that has caused our diocesan seminarians to answer His call to bring the word of God to us, just as our current priests share this love. Our priests provide for us the sustenance of a faith-filled life. Our support and appreciation helps to affirm their role as priest. In this, we share in His love.
The proper formation of those who answer the call to become priests and serve our diocese is important to sustaining the Church in Middle Tennessee. We have been blessed to have witnessed the ordinations of ten priests since we last celebrated Priesthood Sunday. The tenth ordination was of William Carmona, who would have been ordained a priest in June. William was ordained on his deathbed in San Antonio, two days before he died. His ordination was at a moment in his life when he was closest to the Passion of Christ.
Blessed events like the ordinations this year can continue with your loving support. Priesthood Sunday is a wonderful way to say “thank you” to our current and future priests. Your past support, for which I am very thankful, of the Seminarian Education Fund of the Diocese of Nashville has assisted with the education and formation of those men answering the call to serve this diocese as future priests. Their formation is essential to the life of our Church.
We currently have 27 seminarians preparing to serve our diocese and look forward to at least five more ordinations in 2015. These men represent the future of our faith in Middle Tennessee.
Your contributions today strengthen the commitments of these men by demonstrating your support of their vocation. Only through seminarians can we ensure a priest will be available when you or a loved one needs him.
I ask you for your prayerful consideration of my request of support for the Seminarian Education Fund.
With gratitude for your support, I am
Sincerely in Christ,
Most Reverend David R. Choby, D.D., J.C.L.
Bishop of Nashville