Friday, June 30, 2006
The Ordination of Fr. Michael McCaffrey FSSP
It was the ordination of the year in the Archdiocese of Adelaide and I believe the only ordination sceduled for the year. Archbishop Philip Wilson did a good job of the Solemn Mass in what was his first Tridentine Mass ever. There was not, however, any hand kissing or gloves (on the request of His Grace), only just enough room for the prostration (due to the altar not being able to be moved back) and the throne was not to be moved to where it should have been.
It was the Feast of the Birthday of Saint John the Baptist and attendance is estimated to be around 600 with many travelling from interstate.
A number of FSSP priests and seminarians were there from US and were involved in the liturgy (there was two practices that went for over 2hours each!). The ordination itself went for nearly 3 hours.
Fr. McCaffrey celebrated his first Mass the following day in the presence of His Grace. A Solemn High Mass with some of the most beautiful vestments I have seen.
The Gospel (click for a larger image)
These were the only pics I could get my hands on, however I will post a link if anymore photos appear on the WWW. I may write more on the ordination if I find the time and urge to.