A brotherhood of priests

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Holy Thursday morning is a tense time for some seminarians. Those expecting their "call to orders" for diaconate or priestly ordinations can feel a bit nervous.

As is customary, Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde greeted dicesan seminarians March 23 at 7:30 a.m. at the front doors of the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington. He joined the men for the traditional group photo, then took several sealed envelopes and began to call those to be ordained to receive their letter.

Those called to be transitional deacons are Stephen Vaccaro and Jordan Willard. Deacons who will be ordained priests are Colin Davis and Joseph Rampino. Deacon Rampino is in Rome; his letter will be mailed.

After the brief ceremony, the seminarians and the bishop walked to the St. Thomas More Cathedral School cafeteria to cook eggs, scrapple and bacon.

Bishop Loverde, in a traditional chef's hat, scrambled eggs and then stood behind a warming tray to serve the seminarians and priests.

The breakfast is a popular event for seminarians and priests.

John Paul Heisler is a third-year college student at Saint John Paul II Seminary in Washington. He's been at the breakfast before.

"It's particularly inspiring to see the bishop and the seminarians serving breakfast," he said.

Heisler said it teaches a lesson of roles of the bishop, seminarians and priests.

Vaccaro said that receiving his "call to orders" was amazing and overwhelming.

"It's a great day to see the brotherhood of priests," he said.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2016