Dear Fr. Ken and the parishioners of St. Mary, Cause of Our Joy,
Thank you so much for all of your prayers and support during my six years in seminary, and many more years before that. It has been amazing to see the fulfillment of God’s call in my life as I was ordained a priest. Thank you also for the beautiful Marian chasuble. It is a gift that I will treasure as I serve at another parish named in honor of Our Lady.
Around the time of my ordination, I was staying with a friend of mine at a parish in Detroit. He was one of the deacons who served at my first Mass. They have a small chapel in their community house and I was able to offer Mass there the day after my first Mass. It just so happened to be the Feast of Mary, Mother of the Church, so I wore my new Marian vestments! This picture is of me offering my second Mass as a priest.
May God bless all of you! With love in Christ,
Fr. Derik Peterman