Long lines of priests in white vestments entered Holy Rosary Cathedral for the annual Chrism Mass April 17. During the solemn liturgy, Archbishop Miller blessed sacramental oils and thanked priests for their service to the local Church.

After Mass, the clergy shared a meal and honoured priests with milestone anniversaries, including Father James Kairu (25 years a priest) and Msgr. Bernard Rossi (50 years a priest).

“It is our Lord Jesus Christ who loves us, who frees us from our sins by his Death and Resurrection, and who makes us a kingdom of priests to serve our God,” Archbishop Miller said in his homily that day.

“We can’t forget that the purpose and mission of the ordained priesthood is to serve the spiritual good of the priesthood of the faithful. Through our anointing with Chrism at Baptism, we all – clerics and lay faithful alike – exercise our baptismal priesthood by participating, each according to our own vocation, in Christ’s mission as priest, prophet and king.”