As the Church celebrated the early martyrs Ss. Marcellinus and Peter (2nd June), there was celebration at Cardiff Cathedral as Archbishop George Stack ordained Fr. Robert James to the priesthood.
Fr. James who is originally from St. Patrick’s parish in Grangetown, Cardiff, completed his formation at Allen Hall Seminary in London and was presented to the Archbishop for ordination by Canon Roger Taylor, the seminary rector. The congregation sang with gusto the hymn ‘Sweet Heart of Jesus’ in reference to the impending celebration of the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart. Present among the congregation with Fr. Robert’s extensive family including his parents, siblings, nephews and nieces. Also present were members of various faith communities around Cardiff due to his long standing connection with Cardiff University and the associated chaplaincy.
During the homily, Archbishop George spoke of the wider question society has for those who seemly turn their back on the world in response to God’s call i.e. “Are you real?”. He reminded all present that the work of formation has only just begun and to be truly authentic in ministry, word and action, Fr. Robert will continue to unite himself more closely through prayer and his ministry to Christ whom he will encounter in the thousands of people he will meet in the decades of ministry ahead (pray God).
The Ordination Mass was followed by celebrations in the Cornerstone. The newly ordained Fr. Robert James will take up his first post as assistant priest within All Saints parish Newport in the coming months. The ordination marks the start of a summer of ordinations for the diocese with two more ordinations to the priesthood and an ordination to the Diaconate in the coming weeks.
Please continue to keep all of our seminarians in your prayers and continue daily prayers for an increase of Vocations within our diocese.
Ad multos annos.