Fr. Daniel Stanton, 30, was ordained to the priesthood last Saturday, 22nd July 2017, at Cardiff Cathedral by Archbishop George Stack. Fr. Daniel is the first of two priesthood ordinations this summer, the second this coming Saturday.The cathedral was full for the celebration, the congregation comprised Fr. Daniel’s family & friends, people from the various parishes in which he has served as a seminarian and deacon, people from his home parish of Our Lady & St. Patrick, Maesteg, seminarians from Oscott College where Fr. Daniel has been in formation for the priesthood, and faithful from across the diocese.During the ceremony Fr. Daniel was presented to the Archbishop for ordination by Canon Matthew Jones, parish priest of Christ the King, St. Paul and St. Brigid’s Cardiff where Fr. Daniel had spent part of hid diaconal year on placement. The newly ordained Fr. Daniel was vested by his friend Fr. Craig Davies of Birmingham and Fr. Michael Doyle, parish priest of his home parish. The chalice presented to Fr. Daniel was a gift from the people of Our Lady & St. Patrick’s Maesteg.
In the homily Archbishop George reflected upon on one of the principal questions asked during the discernment process “Who are you looking for?” and the impact that has upon the deeper meaning of the priestly call:
“… the inner meaning of priesthood is the way in which the priest can guide and support, and comfort and challenge and transform the lives of the people he serves by offering the sacrifice Jesus himself offered – his Body, his Blood, poured out on the cross for the love of sinful humanity. The task of the ordained priest is to empower all those who are baptised to live and worship God in God’s way, not our own”.
Fr. Daniel will now take a break before starting in his first placement as Assistant Priest of All Saints parish, Newport in September.
Ad multus annos!
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