Two ordained to Priesthood
June 4, 2014
The two newly ordained priests, Rev. Kelly Wilson (left) and Rev. Patrick Neufeld (right) with Most Rev. Richard Gagnon, Archbishop of Winnipeg.
By James Buchok
The brotherhood of priests in the Archdiocese of Winnipeg grew by two May 22 at St. Mary's Cathedral, as the Most Reverend Richard Gagnon presided at his first Ordinations to the Ministerial Priesthood since becoming Archbishop of Winnipeg in January.
Two men entered the cathedral as deacons that evening but following the laying on of hands by the archbishop and concelebrating priests, the anointing with sacred Oil of Chrism, and all the attendant steps in the Rite of Ordination, they emerged as Rev. Fr. Patrick Neufeld and Rev. Fr. Kelly Wilson.
Gagnon said Neufeld and Wilson chose the evenings readings, from Acts and 1 Peter, "as a means of reflection on the vocation to which they have been called, the priestly ministry to serve the people of God."
"Our faith, from the beginning, sees those who inherit the apostolic tradition through the laying on of hands, namely the bishops, priests and deacons, as charged to be witnesses so as to preach to the people that Jesus is the Christ. This calling through the laying on of hands occurs within the people of God to enliven them as the priesthood of the baptized and call all the nations to know the Lord," the archbishop said.
Many family members and friends of both the new priests were in attendance. The gifts for the eucharist were carried by Wilson's parents, Kate and Kerry Wilson, and by Neufeld's friends, David and Tracy Devine.
Both men completed their seminary studies at Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee, which has been attended by a number of priests currently serving in the Archdiocese of Winnipeg.
At the conclusion of the ordinations, the new priests spoke to the assembly with Fr. Neufeld thanking all for their prayers. "So many have done so much," he said. He recalled the many mass celebrations he has been part of at the cathedral since coming to Winnipeg in 1987, and offered a special thanks to those at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Winnipeg where he served as an intern last summer. For the Investiture with Stole and Chasuble, Fr. Neufeld was vested by Fr. Jose Eduardo Medeiros, pastor of St. Paul the Apostle.
Neufeld grew up in Fort St. John, in northeast British Columbia. He began post secondary studies in mathematics at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, later pursuing his interest in graphic arts, which he continued when he moved to Winnipeg and up until he entered the seminary at Sacred Heart.
Fr. Wilson thanked all for attending, especially considering the option of a Lady Gaga concert happening a few streets away. He said without the support and guidance of many, he wasn't sure where he might be. "Maybe at the concert," he joked.
He made special mention of Fr. Gerry McDougall, S.J., pastor of St. Ignatius Church in Winnipeg where Wilson spent a year as an intern, and Rev. Lynn Granke, manager of spiritual care at Victoria General Hospital in Winnipeg, for their guidance during his discernment. For the Investiture with Stole and Chasuble, Fr. Wilson was vested by Fr. McDougall.
Wilson grew up in Oakville, Man., and was a parishioner at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church, and later Good Shepherd Parish, both in Portage la Prairie, Man. He began post-secondary studies at Providence College in Otterburne, Man. and later the University of Lethbridge (Alta.). He began as a seminarian at St. Joseph’s Seminary and Newman Theological College in Edmonton, later interning at St. Ignatius Church and completing his formation at Sacred Heart.
"Dear Brothers," said Gagnon, "you have successfully completed your seminary formation and have performed your ministry as deacons well. Now more than ever you must remain in Christ and like Peter, place yourselves in humilty and openness before our saviour, watching, learning and praying for grace, truth, guidance and support. It is your life of prayer that will root you deeply in your vocation as a priest. And as Jesus reminds us in the Gospel of John after he had washed the feet of the apostles at the last supper, "As the father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love."