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Library Displays Chalices of Ordinands 4/28/2016

Each year, the Athenaeum’s Maly Library displays chalices belonging to the men of Mount St. Mary’s who will soon be ordained to the priesthood. Library Director Connie Song looks forward to creating the exhibit and says the chalices are magnificent and meaningful.

“I enjoy hearing the stories of how the seminarians acquire their chalices; several have interesting histories. Some chalices have a simple beauty and others are quite ornate,” said Mrs. Song. “I am excited for the men being ordained and what it means to them after being here for so many years.”

Several of the ordinands shared stories related to their chalices.

Deacon Matt Feist
My chalice belonged to Fr. Joseph Bruemmer who was ordained in 1948. When I was growing up, he assisted on the weekends at my parish, St. Thomas More (Withamsville). I served many masses for him and he was very kind to me.

In the last year of his life, he lived at the St. Paul’s Archbishop Leibold Home for the Aged run by the Little Sisters of the Poor, where I was doing my apostolic works. During one of our conversations, I told him that I was looking for a chalice. After he passed away, his chalice was given to me. There is a diamond on the base that was Fr. Bruemmer's mother's engagement diamond.

I really like the idea of continuing the legacy of a chalice, so it doesn't just sit on a shelf in someone's house. 

Deacon Jeffery Smith
One of the things I love most about my
chalice is that it has the images of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Mary pointing to her Immaculate heart, and Joseph holding Jesus! These will be important reminders for me as a priest.

When I look down on the altar and see these images, I will be reminded of some very important things. I will be reminded that I need to have the heart of Christ in order to love all of God's children even those who don’t like me for whatever reason. I will be reminded that it is critical for me to have a devotion to the Mother of God, because she will give me the feminine support I need and the purity of vision. And finally I will be reminded of the strong and loving fatherhood of St. Joseph who was willing to sacrifice everything in order to protect his family.

Although there are many things I love about my chalice, these three images stand out most. They will be my great reminder that I'm not alone in my mission of guiding the Lord's flock!

Deacon Sean Wilson
Back in October, my uncle, who is also
mygodfather and confirmation sponsor, stopped by my parents’ house on a whim to ask my parents if I had a chalice. It turns out that I was going to look for one at a church supply warehouse in Pennsylvania in about two weeks. My uncle went on a frenetic mission to contact family members about purchasing a chalice for me. Over the next few days, I received numerous gifts from my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins to put toward the chalice. The timing was certainly part of God's Providence and the gift of the chalice was from the sheer generosity of my family. My parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins have been extremely supportive of my vocation over the past seven years. Their generosity in paying for my chalice is the culmination of all the support I have received from them. Thank you for your prayers and kindness.

Deacon Jason Williams
I am very grateful to Fr. Ed Gretchko, the pastor of Saint Mary Church in Massillon, Ohio, where I grew up, who gave this
chalice to me as an ordination gift. It was given to him by another priest several years ago with the hope that it would continue to be used for the Holy Sacrifice. What an honor it is to carry on such a tradition of devotion to our Eucharistic Lord!"

The chalices will be on display in the Maly Library through mid-May. 

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