BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Father Matthew Mary is ordained priest by Bishop Robert Baker at St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Hundreds of people gathered at the Cathedral and thousands tuned in on EWTN to witness the ordination of Fr. Mathew Mary Bartow and Fr. Jonathan Howell. Several priests from the Diocese of Birmingham, and representatives from the Josephinum Seminary and Mount St. Mary’s were present, along with Religious bothers and sisters.
The sacred music for the Mass was preformed with magnificence and excellence. Vocalists were from the cathedral and EWTN choirs.
Br. John Therese Mary, MFVA read the first reading. After the gospel the men to be ordained were seated in sanctuary near the Bishop. His homily focused on servitude, priests availability to hear confessions and the importance of priests celebrating Mass daily.
The Bartow and Howell families sat in the front pews. Filled with awe and emotion they looked on as one of there own made promises to the Bishop and were vested. Fr. Patrick Mary assisted with the vesting of Fr. Matthew. The Bishop then anointed both men as priests.
The solemn Mass concluded with the newly ordained men giving the Bishop their first blessings. After the large crowd gathered for a delicious reception in the parish hall. There the new priests gave blessings to all in attendance.
The Franciscan Missionaries are grateful to God, Our Lady, and St. Francis of Assisi for Fr. Matthew.
We, the Community thank all who support us by their prayers and generous contributions for helping make this ordination possible. God bless.