By Sam Lucero
GREEN BAY -- Laughter isn't the usual reaction when a newly ordained priest receives his first pastoral assignment from the bishop. But that was the overwhelming response at the conclusion of Fr. Jason Blahnik's ordination Jan. 3 at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral.
Following the ordination rite and celebration of Mass, Bishop David Ricken read the official announcement of Fr. Blahnik's new assignment in the Diocese of Green Bay.
"Together with the faithful of this local church of Green Bay, I am both inspired by and grateful for the generous response you give to God's call to share in the priesthood of Jesus Christ. As you are ordained not to be served but to serve, I am pleased to present you with your first priestly assignment as parochial vicar of St. Mary's Cathedral in Cheyenne," said Bishop Ricken, who smiled and quickly apologized, adding that old habits die hard.
The humorous episode was greeted with a chorus of chuckles from the congregation, which included Fr. Blahnik's parents, Douglas and Betty Blahnik of Stella Maris Parish in Fish Creek, his sister Kristin Blahnik, and his brother Todd and sister-in-law Crystal. Full story ...
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