There are two things that are of significance for me today.
Today is the Feast of St. Bartholomew. That means that 9 years ago today I began my ordained ministry when I was ordained deacon at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in St. John’s NL. Deacon comes the Greek word diakonos (διάκονος), which is often translated servant or more specifically waiter. I was a deacon for nearly a year before being ordained a priest. It is I believe the most important of the Orders. It is the pastoral order. It is the order that calls to serving to all. When you become priest you do not cease to become deacon. When you become bishop you do not cease to be deacon. So I am pleased to celebrate that today.
Today is also Andrea and Becky’s 5th birthday. They are the most special bundles of love and my heart is with them both today as well as with Leah and the whole family as they have their Birthday party. We give thanks today for their birth. I was in NL when they were born and was fortunate to get to the hospital to see them just two days after their birth. It was an exciting and memorable day. They were beautiful then and they are beautiful now. Today I celebrate their birthday – they are a gift to all of us.