Rome, December 1, 2011. A new book with a Spanish
title, Dios lo da todo (God Gives Everything) gathers the
vocation stories of the 49 Legionaries of Christ who will
be ordained to the priesthood in Rome at the Basilica
of St. John Lateran this upcoming December 12. Cardinal Velasio
De Paolis, C.S., will preside over the ordination ceremony.
book has a Spanish title, the testimonies are written in
the soon-to-be-priests’ native languages, with stories in English, Spanish, Italian,
Portuguese, and Hungarian.
The English-speaking deacons who will be ordained
priests this year are Steven Costello, Thomas Flynn, Gregory Heslip,
Michael Maciborski, Lawrence McClure, Nathan Miller, Jason Mitchell, Michael Mitchell,
Thomas Montanaro, Reuben Nuxoll, Michael Picard, Devin Roza, Aaron Vinduska,
and Timothy Wysocki.
A tiny excerpt of Thomas Montanaro’s story
One snowy night, I was out having a cappuccino
with the girl I was dating, also a member of
Regnum Christi, and we decided that before taking another step
in our relationship, each one of us had to discern
what God had made us for. That generosity I heard
God calling me to during my freshman year was confirmed:
I would offer a year to God and see what
he wanted. After graduating from Steubenville with a degree in
humanities and Catholic culture, I felt that I was leaving
everything behind: so many friends, our now three mature Regnum
Christi young men’s teams, professional possibilities...
And Nathan Miller’s story begins
My parents are from Cleveland, Ohio. That is where
I was born in 1979, in Marymount Hospital, on a
feast dedicated to Mary and a mountain: July 16. Our
Lady of Mt. Carmel. As if the date and the
hospital’s name were not signs enough, God sent another. As
my mother looked at my raisin face for the first
time—both of us were wearing matching blue patient wrist bands—she
wondered why God had sent her a third son, when
he knew so well that she would have liked a
girl. Suddenly she heard an answer within. It was a
man’s voice: “Your child will become something only a man
can be!” She paused and listened more attentively to the
rhythmic beeping of the machines monitoring our vital signs.
“No, the president could be a woman,” replied
She thought, “A priest?”
The voice said, “Yes.”
And yet, she knew we were not even Catholic; so
she did the only thing she could do: she treasured
all these things in her heart...
The rest of these stories
can be read here on the Regnum Christi web site
in the special section for the newly ordained priests.