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Two weeks after the opening ceremony of the new European Low Countries Region in Antwerp, many Jesuits and Friends gathered again, this time in Heverlee (Leuven) for the Priestly Ordination of Wouter Blesgraaf by Cardinal Josef De Kesel. It was a moving ceremony with the Trinity choir from Louvain and the Saint-Ignatius Caribbean Choir from London, soloists, a trumpetist and a great organist at our Cavalier-Coll organ.

During his homily Cardinal De Kesel asked the question: “Are there then within the people of God no priests? Still, it is. But not to replace Christ himself. Their only task, moreover, is that of referral. In everything they do and are, they want to express that one: He is it, the Only. When they proclaim the gospel, preaching in liturgy and especially the Eucharist, directing the people, they want to mean precisely that it is He who proclaims, that it is He who always leads us in prayer and celebrates with us the liturgy and above all the Eucharist, that He is He who guides his people and builds up his Church. That is why within the people of God there are also priests ordained: to be signs of Him who, in all truth, is our only Shepherd and High Priest.

Look at the pictures of the ordination ceremony.

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