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Below: The Holy Spirit painting that is on the ceiling of the chapter room in the newly renovated monastery. 

Pentecost is a very special feast for me personally.  Two years ago, when I was ordained a priest, the first Sunday Mass I celebrated at my home parish in Stillwater, Oklahoma was on Pentecost Sunday.

Two years later, Pentecost still leaves a great impression, especially this year as I was blessed to bring three new members into the Church.  Three students involved at Northwest Missouri State University’s Newman Center were received into the Church at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, in Kansas City, Missouri.

I baptized and confirmed Josh Smith, and confirmed Jordan Johnson and Emily Casady.  It was an occasion celebrated with great joy in the presence of family and friends.

Congratulations the newest members of the Catholic Church!