The following prayer was given to me by Father Nick Minich on the occasion of my ordination to the priesthood on February 16, 1964. It has been a daily prayer for these past forty-eight years. I give thanks for the gift, the joy, and the privilege of that call.
You have called me to your priesthood to carry on the work which you began.
Fit me, I pray you, for this task with such faith that through my voice even the disbelieving may listen to you word;
With such hope that through my hands even the despairing may be held fast in your grip;
And with such charity that through my heart even the despised may know that you can never cease to love them.
Join me so deeply to yourself that no one I meet shall lie beyond your saving grace.