Come Follow Me- Mt. 4:19
Priestly Ordination of Peter Lukow
We have great news! On Friday, May 27th, Deacon Peter Lukow will be ordained to the Priesthood! The ordination Mass will take place at the Cathedral of St-Peter-in-Chains at 7:00 PM. Peter’s ordination is a source of great joy for him and for the Diocese as a whole. Until then, Peter has to still finish his academic courses, undergo final exams, and take his practicums such as learning how to say Mass, hear confessions, administer the sacraments and down to how to administrate a parish (easier said than done!)
Peter was recently featured in the 2022 Ordinandi Dinner, broadcast virtually this year. In it, he gives his vocation story, how he was led to the priesthood and what he’s looking forward to as a priest in the Peterborough Diocese. He was featured alongside 8 other men preparing for the priesthood in various dioceses and religious communities, and you can check out the whole presentation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yelC987Lqac
I recently interviewed Peter about his upcoming ordination.
- How do you feel as priestly ordination is getting closer?
- To be honest, I am trying not to think about it. I still need to be present to the formation program in the seminary. Besides, while thinking about ministry is joyful, thinking about the ordination itself makes me incredibly nervous.
- What are you most looking forward to in the priesthood?
- Serving the Lord and his people.
- The priesthood is full of joy but also has its challenges, like any other vocation. What are you least looking forward to in the priesthood?
- Trying to maintain a balance between caring for the people of God and caring for myself so that I can be an effective instrument of God in the lives of the people. I have never been good at striking this balance in the seminary, so this is going to be a struggle in the parish as well.
- What do you hope to say to your future parishioners in your first parish, even though you don’t know where you’ll be just yet?
- “Hello”…? I’m sure I’ll think of something in the moment.
- And finally, what piece of advice would you give to a young man considering the priesthood?
- If you think God is calling to priesthood, or to any vocation, talk to someone you can trust… a priest, a friend, a teacher. No one can discern something big like this alone, believe me… I’ve tried and it doesn’t work very well. I have found that it is important to have people who can support you and to whom you can talk honestly and freely about everything… they can help you to sort through what you are experiencing in prayer and in your daily life.
Please pray for Deacon Peter as he prepares for ordination on Friday, May 27th, at 7:00 PM at the Cathedral of St-Peter-in-Chains!