Preparing for a Lifetime and Beyond

Adam D.P. Booth, C.S.C., one of two men who will profess Final Vows with the Congregation of Holy Cross this weekend, reflects on the preparation he and Patrick E. Reidy, C.S.C., put into getting to this point in their religious lives in a new blog post.

Adam’s reflectionfor the Holy Cross Vocations Blog is called “Preparing for the Rest of My Life and Beyond.”

“My most important preparation for the coming milestones has been my time spent with the dead: those of our parish and those in Holy Cross’s community cemetery,” Adam wrote. “I am reminded of and reconnected with the God who wipes away all tears and holds me tight as he bids me extend a hand of comfort. I become more conscious of my own mortality and the great gift of everlasting life which alone gives my life meaning. I look around our community cemetery and realize most fully who I am: I am to rest here, with my brothers.”

The two men will make theirFinal Profession of Vows at10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, in theBasilica of the Sacred Hearton the campus of theUniversity of Notre Dame. Rev. Thomas J. O’Hara, provincial superior of the United States Province of Priests and Brothers, will preside at the Mass and receive their. You can watch a LIVE video stream of Final Vowson theBasilica’s websitebeginning at10 a.m. Right now, you canwatch this video preview of the vowsthat Adam and Patrick will make.

At 10:30 a.m. the following day, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, Adam and Patrick will be ordained to the Order of Deacon by Most Rev. Joseph W. Tobin, archbishop of Indianapolis, at the Moreau Seminary Chapel. The men will be ordained priests on April 26, 2014.

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