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The Priestly Ordination of Father Brendan J. Buckler

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The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge bestowed the Sacrament of Holy Orders on Father Brendan Joseph Buckler at an Ordination Mass celebrated at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh, June 4, 2011. The Ordination took place before a large gathering of family, friends and faithful. Diocesan Vocations Director Father Ned Shlesinger presented Deacon Buckler for service to Bishop Burbidge and the people of the Diocese at the beginning of the tradition-rich Rite of Ordination. The presentation and acceptance were greeted with applause from the Bishop and the people.

Prior to ordination, the Elect is asked to make five promises:

Do you resolve, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to discharge without fail the Office of Priesthood in the presbyteral rank, as a worthy fellow worker with the Order of Bishops in caring for the Lord’s flock?

Do you resolve to exercise the ministry of the word worthily and wisely, preaching the Gospel and teaching the Catholic faith?

Do you resolve to celebrate faithfully and reverently, in accord with the Church’s tradition, the mysteries of Christ, especially the sacrifice of the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, for the glory of God and the sanctification of the Christian people?

Do you resolve to implore with us God’s mercy upon the people entrusted to your care by observing the command to pray without ceasing?

Do you resolve to be united more closely every day to Christ the High Priest, who offered Himself for us to the Father as a pure sacrifice, and with Him to consecrate yourself to God for the salvation of all?

Following the promise of obedience to the Bishop and his successors, the Bishop bestowed the gift of the Holy Spirit with the laying on of hands, followed by the Prayer of Ordination. Father Buckler was then invested with stole and chasuble, the proper vestments for a priest to wear for the celebration of the Eucharist.

“Brendan, you stand here today, soon to be ordained my brother priest, with the full realization that it is not your choice, it is the Lord our God who has chosen you,” Bishop Burbidge said in his homily. “As a proclaimer of God’s Word, you are to bring the Truth perfectly revealed in Jesus Christ to others, with conviction and compassion.”

Noting that the Eucharist is at the center of priestly life, Bishop Burbidge said, “Offer this Sacrifice daily, reverently and joyfully, because in the Eucharist the work of redemption is carried out, and the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ are renewed for His people.”

Reflecting on Blessed John Paul II’s motto “Totos Tuus,” (“all yours”), Bishop Burbidge asked Father Buckler to say those words every day and to pray, “Mary, Mother of Jesus, all is yours. Bring all that I have and that I am, bring all of my Priesthood and ministry and all the people I serve to your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, the Great High Priest who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.”


Above: Father Brendan Buckler assisting Bishop Michael F. Burbidge at Holy Hours for Vocations the evening before Father Buckler’s ordination.

Above: Bishop Burbidge during the Promises of the Elect prior to ordination.

Above: Father Scott McCue (left) and Father Tim Meares (right) assisting Father Buckler with investiture following his ordination.

Above: Father Buckler with his mother, Carol, his grandmother, Marijo, and his father, Michael, following Mass of Ordination.