On Monday, May 15th, the Vincentian Theologate celebrated the 25th Jubilee of Emmet Nolan’s priesthood. Emmet will complete 25 years of Vincentian priesthood on June 6, 2017. However it seemed like the end of the academic year was the right moment to commemorate the event. In attendance were the Jack Timlin, C.M. and the five seminarians of the internal seminary. We had a number of confreres over, too. Astor Rodriguez, C.M. even came down from St. John’s, Brooklyn. Two important collaborators of our formation program were with us as well, Fr. Gus Puleo of St. Patrick’s Parish in Norristown and Bp. Ed Deliman, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Emmet assists at St. Patrick’s each week. Fr. Gus values Emmet’s contribution to his ministry to the Hispanic immigrants. Bp. Deliman of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Bensalem, PA, has served as pastoral mentor to Luis Romero, C.M.

The event was simple and festive. We gathered at 5:15 p.m. for Evening Prayer. During the prayer, Emmet received a blessing for his Vincentian priesthood. Leo Tiburicio, C.M., 3rd theology, toasted Emmet’s vocation and fidelity to the Vincentian charism. Luis Romero, C.M., the organizer of the dinner, also prepared an extended slide show. It featured the honoree past and present, namely, Emmet’s ordination, the Nolan family at the first Mass, ministry in Panama, St. John’s Brooklyn, and the Vincentian Theologate.

At supper, our cook Joyce Miller served Emmet’s favorite dish, leg of lamb with roasted potatoes, parsnips and carrots. In the house greeting card, along with our wishes, we included a promise of a Papal Blessing that we expect to arrive soon from Rome. As a formation community, we have much reason to acknowledge Emmet’s 25th Jubilee of Priesthood. Thanks, Emmet, for your excellent contribution to the ministry of formation of our men in theology.

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