|The Mass in the newly dedicated chapel unfolded in a spirit of fervent prayer.|
September 5, 2008. Atlanta, Georgia. On Thursday, September 4,
the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi´s Office of Apostolic
Works in Atlanta opened its doors to receive Archbishop Wilton
D. Gregory, who came to dedicate the altar of the
chapel, leave the Blessed Sacrament to the tabernacle, and visit
the team in our new offices. His visit brought inspiration
and encouragement to the staff, and confirmed our sense of
unity with the archdiocese.
The visit began with Mass
at 10:00 a.m. Archbishop Gregory presided, with four Legionary priests
and one diocesan priest concelebrating: Fr Scott Reilly, Fr Emilio
Diaz-Torre, Fr Eamonn Shelly, Fr David Daly, and Fr John
Howren of St Brendan’s parish in Cumming, Georgia. Legionary deacon
Jacob DuMont also served during the Mass.
During his homily, Archbishop
Gregory commented on the first reading from Corinthians 3:18-23, saying
that for all of us in the Church, the principle
of unity and the focal point of our mission is
“Christ is the center. Everything else is peripheral,”
The dedication of the altar took place after the
homily. Archbishop Gregory poured sacred chrism on the bare altar
in the shape of three crosses, and then took a
towel and carefully rubbed the oil into the surface of
the wood. After the altar was dressed and prepared, the
Mass continued in an atmosphere of fervent prayer.
|Archbishop Gregory greets Melissa Foley, the national director of Mission Network girls’ programs.|
Just before communion,
Deacon Jacob DuMont carefully placed the consecrated host in the
tabernacle to stay.
After Mass, Archbishop Gregory stopped for a
photo with the entire staff outside and then took a
tour of the offices. With his characteristic good humor and
warmth, he teased the staff about their “new digs in
the corporate world” and thanked them sincerely for their work.
The tour was followed by a 15-minute presentation
about Mission Network, which coordinates a wide range of national
apostolate programs serving children, youth, families, and vocations. The
presentation also touched on the Regnum Christi Movement’s work
in the field of education and mass media, and showed
how our various programs and initiatives respond to the archdiocese’s
mission objectives. After the presentation, Archbishop Gregory addressed the team
with words of fatherly kindness, saying that the Legionaries and
Regnum Christi members are a blessing in the archdiocese.
After saying with smile, “I wish you wild success,” he
concluded: “I want you to know that your archbishop is
|The Integer and Mission Network staff with Archbishop Gregory.|
pleased with you.”
For the team, these words were an encouragement
to keep building up programs that serve the local church
in the Atlanta and New York territories. The entire staff
is extremely grateful to Archbishop Gregory for the inspiring visit,
for his fatherly support, and for the lasting gift that
he left us in the Blessed Sacrament.