This morning we had the joy of having Fr. Pier Giorgio Dengler, OP and Fr. Mannes Matous, OP celebrate our morning Mass. Both young men are Dominican friars of St. Joseph Province (Eastern Province) and were ordained to the priesthood just two months ago on May 19th. Fr. Pier Giorgio is stationed in at St. Joseph's Priory in Greenwich Village, and Fr. Mannes is at another NYC priory, St. Catherine's, for the Summer.
After Mass both priests gave us their blessing, and a little while later we were able to visit in the parlor. Of course we had to give them our traditional gift for new Dominican priests who say Mass for us during their first year of ordination: our handmade confessional stoles. We had a pleasant time hearing about their ministries and sharing some of our "goings on" in the monastery.