Seems like everyone at St. Peter Chanel (Hawaiian Gardens, Los Angeles County, California) is going off this summer to become a priest or a nun. When I realized how many there were I decided to list them all, along with a few others I know who entered religious life in previous years.
There's Teresa, who's joining the Nashville Dominicans straight out of high school and is the youngest in a postulant class of...(drumroll please)... 27! I hear they're excited that they have the previous class beat. I'm glad I got to know Teresa a little bit before she left. Also in the new class is Courtney, whom I met when we were on the same visit to the motherhouse more than a year ago.
Paul, who's joining the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, the same order that staffs our parish. I remember seeing him nearly four years ago when I first joined St. Peter Chanel. He was leader of the altar boys and I thought it'd be pretty cool if he became an OMV, but of course you shouldn't assume that someone has the call you think would be cool... Anyway, he left for Boston on Sunday. :)
Corpus Christi Monastery in June 2009 and became a novice a few months ago and is now Sister Mary Isabel of the Angels-- WOOOOOHOOOOOO! Not least because the confusing spelling of "Mery" is finally amended. :) She's learning piano and singing and organizing the monastery's vast library and doing lots of other stuff-- harvesting fruit, painting, swimming, partying on every birthday and feast day... seriously, the Dominican nuns have too much fun back there in their beautiful 1920's Gothic cloister, but their main work is praying. Here's a story about someone who's about to join their monastery as a postulant.
pictures from the trip here-- check out the prescient comments.
Nathan, who's leaving this Friday for the Norbertines. Along with the OMVs they're the order I'm fondest of in my area-- may the Lord bless them for providing the traditional Latin Mass all over Southern California, and even into Northern California when someone needs a substitute. Nathan majored in music at Ave Maria, and gave a wonderful voice recital a few weeks ago to raise money to pay off his student debt so he could enter the Norbertines this year. It succeeded and all was paid in time, hooray!
There's Joe, whom I first met on the internet before I realized he lived not far away and we became real-life friends. I'll miss seeing him serve the TLM now and then at St. Therese. He's introduced me to his new order, the Mercedarians, who say both the old Mass and the new with reverence-- I know Joe wouldn't settle anything less. I can't neglect to mention his fifteen minutes of fame playing the bad altar server in this video. :)
There's Quan, who used to go to my parish but started seminary shortly before I joined. I met him on a St. Peter Chanel pilgrimage to Mexico. A month or so ago he was ordained a deacon for the Diocese of Orange, and I'm so happy I got to see it. I believe he'll be ordained a priest next year, but even after that he'll still have more studying to do at the Angelicum. I'm not jealous of his adventures in Rome, really.
I've only listed people I know personally; I bet there are others I haven't heard of at St. Peter Chanel, since it's a big parish. WOW, so many who have entered religious life or are doing so this summer. It's the trend. All the kids are doing it. But just because my friends jump off a cliff, should I?
Oh, why not. So I'm leaving to join the Adorers on October 22. :) :) :) Please pray for me!