Many readers may recall Deacon Chris Valka, a seminarian for the Congregation of St. Basil who blogged for us during World Youth Day in Sydney last year. Deacon Chris was ordained a Basilian priest last month at St. Anne Church in Houston. A great friend of CNS, Basilian Father Thomas Rosica, the executive director of Toronto’s Salt and Light Television, preached his Mass of Thanksgiving. You can see photos of Father Chris’s ordination and read the text of Father Tom’s homily. Don’t forget to read Father Chris’s reflection on vocations on the same site.
Father Chris is finishing up a stint in campus ministry at the university chaplaincy in Las Cruces, N.M., before doing a summer immersing himself in Catholic TV at Salt and Light. Then it’s back to the U.S. for his first assignment as a new priest.
You have to hand it to the Basilians. They stay busy.