On Friday evening, I attended the Ordination To The Priesthood of Deacon Renaurd West at the Cathedral of St. John The Baptist in Charleston, SC.
It was a joyous event and Fr. West will be a great priest. I will always consider him a dear friend. I first met him in 2009 when he was in his first year of the Seminary at Mt. St. Mary’s University, my alma mater. We have stayed in touch and I have visited him whenever I came through Emmitsburg.
He was the last of the seminarians from the Diocese of Charleston to graduate from “The Cradle of Bishops”.
The men of our diocese are now formed in Texas.
Sentiments from the students at St. MAry Help of Christians School, delivered by yours truly a year ago.
That saddens me.
Four of the then seminarians pictured here are now priests…from left: Fr. Phillip Gillespie, Fr. Renaurd West, Mr. Roger Morgan , Megan Visotski, Fr. Matthew Gray and Fr. Mark Good. Roger should be ordained to the Transitional Diaconate next June and ordained a priest in 2015. He is attending seminary in Houston, TX now. circa November, 2009
Then Deacon West with Seminarian, Patrick May of Augusta, GA, earlier this year at “The Mount”.
Fr. West has been assigned to St. Gregory The Great Parish in Bluffton, SC. Those that know him wish him well.
Tropical Storm Andrea blew out of Charleston just in time for the ordination.
My copy of the program and card.