The account below comes from the Kennebec Journal,
a daily newspaper serving Br. Crosby’s native central Maine.
Elaine and Nathaniel Crosby of Wayne, Maine, had a
special reason for tuning in to the Easter Vigil Service
broadcast from Rome.
Kyle Joseph Crosby, their son, led the
procession of Pope Benedict XVI into St. Peter´s Basilica.
Crosby, 22, a seminarian in Rome with Legionaries of Christ,
called on Saturday and left a message for his parents:
"Look for me. I will be participating in the Pope´s
Easter Vigil and I will be carrying the cross.
saw him -- wearing a black cassock and white surplice
-- three times during the ceremony broadcast by the Eternal
Word Television Network (EWTN).
"He led the whole procession in and
was the first one to leave the church," Elaine Crosby
said on Sunday.
"When he came in the first time, the
top of his head is the first head you see.
You see the cross and see the person holding the
Crosby hears from her son via telephone about once a
month but he sends e-mail more frequently.
Brother Kyle has been
studying to become a priest since he graduated from Maranacook
Community High School in 2003.
"Ever since he was a little
boy, I knew he had that calling," Elaine Crosby said.
Crosby family belongs to St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Parish
in Winthrop, and Kyle Crosby attended St. Mary´s School in
Augusta, graduating first in his class.
He was among the
Top 10 students at Maranacook when he graduated.
He joined the
Legionaries of Christ, an order founded in the 1940s in
Elaine Crosby said her son was chosen from about
450 seminarians to carry the cross in the procession during
the Easter Vigil service.
"It´s quite an honor to be
able to participate in the Mass," she said on Sunday.
"I´m very very proud. I´m sure he felt so honored.
Of all that large group, he was asked to do
this. I was flying high all day yesterday."
Kyle Crosby first
went to study in Cheshire, Conn., and went to Rome
"He won´t be ordained for another 10 years,"
Elaine Crosby said. "It´s a missionary teaching order, and you
must speak five languages."
Crosby speaks Spanish in the seminary, his
mother said. He also studies English, Italian, Latin and French.
is a very good student," she said.
Crosby participated in the
Vatican soccer championships and plays basketball. He played soccer and
basketball and football at Maranacook.
"This order is also very athletic,"
Elaine Crosby said. "They feel if they stay healthy, they
can have a better chance to help people."