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I was asked to attend the diaconate ordination of one of our alumni, James Porter III, who is a seminarian for the Diocese of Tulsa, my home diocese. It was going to be a quick trip to Oklahoma, departing last Friday morning and returning Saturday evening, but I was looking forward to seeing my friends in the diocese.
On Friday I made to Stillwater (my hometown) in order to concelebrate Mass at my home parish. A new St. Francis Xavier Church was recently constructed and it was dedicated in March 2018. It is quite an amazing church from an architectural standpoint alone (as you can see below).
I joined our new pastor, Fr. Brian O’Brien for Mass on Friday.
Before the ordination in Tulsa on Saturday morning, I was able to visit with many more priest friends and alumni of Conception Seminary College, including Fr. Gary Kastl. Fr. Gary was a senior at CSC when I first entered seminary as a sophomore. I hadn’t seen Fr. Kastl in several years, so it was nice to catch up.