On Saturday, October 17, Dom John Berchmans Tonkin, CRNJ, was ordained to the sacred priesthood by His Excellency Bishop Athanasius Schneider, ORC, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Maria Santissima in Astana, Kazakhstan.

“The Lord hath sworn, and He will not repent: Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedech.”

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The procession

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Prior Dom Daniel Augustine Oppenheimer lays hands upon the ordinands

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Dom John Berchmans is vested in the chasuble (still pinned)

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An FNE Timber Wolf looks on

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FNE Explorers

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Hi Excellency Bishop Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan

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His Excellency Bishop Athanasius Schneider during the ordination.

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The mother of the ordinand, with the assistance of the prior, removes the cloth that was placed on his hands after they were anointed (the manutergium). She will keep this cloth.

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According to tradition, the priest’s mother is buried with this cloth so that, at her particular judgment, she can present it to Our Lord to remind Him that she gave a priest to His Church.

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Dom John distributing Holy Communion

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Dom John giving first blessings attended by a Timber Wolf.

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Dom Alban giving first blessings attended by an FNE Explorer

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FNE general commissioner and founder Paul Ritchi receives Dom John’s blessing

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