On Saturday the 24th of October, the Feast of Saint Raphael the Archangel, eighteen men received their First Clerical Tonsure at the hands of His Excellency, Bishop Robert Finn, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Kansas City – Saint Joseph.
The Fraternity expresses thanksgiving to God as well as to His Excellency for this gift to their newly incorporated members, who had been recently incorporated on the previous Sunday, October 18th, the Feast of Saint Luke. This year, the ceremony was live-streamed on livemass.net, as there was not an opportunity for many guests to come.
In the tonsure ceremony, the candidates receive for their first time the black roman cassock and the white surplice, as well as the privilege of sitting in choir with the rest of the tonsured clerics. Please pray for these men as they continue on their journey in pursuit of the sacred priesthood, that they may be faithful to the graces God gives them in this time.