Thursday, July 8, 2010

Magnificat anima mea Dominum

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord!

I don’t have a lot of details, because the meeting was very rushed, and I wasn’t able to be present. Fr “M” said he would call me to fill me in, but he did mention that it was very positive, and that Bishop “J” asked for a written letter, I guess you could call it a letter of recommendation. With that letter the bishop would write a letter to the General Director of the Congregation and to the Holy Father stating that he is willing to accept me in his diocese. I will post updates as I know more.

Rejoice with me in the Lord!

===== UPDATE 7/9/2010 11:00 AM =====
This morning I spoke to Bishop “J”. Here is an update of what I can expect in the near future.

First of all, the Bishop asked me a few questions to clear up any doubts he had. Secondly, he asked my superiors for a written letter which he will present, along with my letter asking to enter the diocese, before his council on August 19. At that point he will get in contact with me to decide where would be the best place to put me in his diocese.

Next I called my superiors. They confirmed all that the bishop had said and are more than willing to cooperate. Given that there is more than a month to go before the Bishop can move on this, I asked if they wouldn’t mind me visiting my family. The answer was an immediate yes. Hopefully, if all goes well, I will be traveling next week to see them.

Just a few words on what will happen next. The bishop made it very clear that he would be receiving me “ad experimentum”, a period of exclaustration. What does that mean? As all things in the Church, it is a period of prudence where a religious can experience life outside the religious congregation, a period to make sure the decision made by the religious is not a rash decision. It is also a time for the bishop to get to know the priest he is accepting and to better place him in the diocese. During this time I would be juridically bound to the congregation but living as a diocesan priest. At the end of that period, which I imagine would be one year, a formal petition would be made for the dispensation of the vows.

===== UPDATE 7/10/2010 10:00 AM =====
If all goes well, it looks like I will be able to fly out on Tuesday the 13th. The image of mom doing backflips in the comments is priceless.


  1. Hooray! I thank God for your progress.

  2. God is good. Laudate dominum!

  3. Congrats! My rosary for you!

  4. Just a technical question for an amateur canonist:
    Was your letter requesting the indult of departure/exclaustration sent already? Was it addressed to the Holy Father, to Fr. Alvaro or both?

  5. freefromrc&healingJuly 8, 2010 at 11:13 PM

    Praise God! That is great news! Always praying.....

  6. Thank you father for this blog. It is very instructive as I think very few people know the procedure for leaving a religious congregation. I'm glad you'll be able to pass the time with family, but I'm sure you are ready to get back to doing the Lord's work!!

  7. The average is three years for exclaustration which is normal. If gives you freedom to change your diocese too if this one is not a good fit.

  8. That is wonderful news, Father! Have a wonderful time visiting with your family.

    ATL Granny

  9. Praise God!

    Father, my heart-felt graditude goes out to all bloggers and communities of Christ who have prayed for you!

    Thank YOU for standing your ground, and for sharing your journey...the good you have done for others is evident in this blog site!

    I have, however one small problem....

    I did not think an average 74 year old woman could manage to do cartwheels, handstands, and backflips! Well, mom, upon hearing the news, tore through her house. After 10 minutes and her china hutch badly damaged, I had to sit on her to make her stop!

    Seriously, though, we will seek to have you say Holy Mass as a visiting priest in numerous churches if you so choose while you are visiting. You have so much to offer your home communities!

    Praise the Lord!

  10. Fr Please share with us your journey into normalcy. It would be great to hear your perspective on the transition

  11. Father Jack:

    To hear that your mother did back flips and handstands at the news of your visit is so wonderful, but at the same time, so sad.

    One of the ways that LC has hurt their priests is this very aspect of family. The priest is expected to give up family visits and instead spend all vacation time with other LC.

    The families suffer so much when they are only able to observe their child/grandchild/sibling through letters and not through touch and casual family gatherings.

    I hope you swoop Mom off her feet and love on her like no tomorrow when you get home. Oh, and give "S" a big hug, too!

    ATL Granny

  12. Father Jack,

    All day long to my workmates, I proclaimed, "my brother's coming home, my brother's coming home!"

    They would smile and ask when was the last time I've seen you?

    "Um, five to eight years, I think."

    The next time I had some down time I rejoiced, "my brother's coming home. my brother's coming home!"

    same question...when was the last time....and it struck me....these casual aquaintences will never understand...."my brother is coming HOME!

    My BROTHER is coming HOME"!

    I was again stuck by: the last time, aside from this blog, that I have REALLY written to you, the last time I have Really been with you, talked with you, Candidly, as big brother to little sister, exploring the world, life, spirituality, emotions, family, friends, was...

    25 YEARS AGO!

    25 years.





    ATL Granny...bless her! said "Oh, and give S a big hug, too!"

    Jack, I will wait my turn at the train station, and when my turn presents itself, I will give my brother the biggest bear hug, and the sloppiest smack on the cheek, so that he will turn his little sister aside in embarrasment at the honest display of being so loved!

    oh, I so can not wait!

  13. Oh, S, I have tears running down my cheeks.

    Tears for you because your BROTHER is coming HOME. HOME!!

    Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, Jack is coming HOME!!

    After all this time, the walls have come down. There is no more need to hold back. You two can be real with each other. For the first time in 25 years....

    Can you imagine?

    What a shame that LC has done this to so many families.

    And by the Grace of God and His Blessed Mother, Jack is the first of hundreds who will finally be able to have a genuine relationship with their families once again.

    PRAISE GOD!!Jack is coming HOME!!! Give him one big sloppy kiss on the cheek from me, S.

    ATL Granny

  14. Love to hear the story!!! Mom, "S", Fr. Jack and all your family in my prayers!

  15. I am so happy for your mom and family...I hope the new director increases family visits for the Legionaries in the future.

  16. Fr. Jack -

    Allow me to jump on board the bandwaggon wishing you the very best, along with a wonderful and restful vacation with your family.

    It sounds as though you have a very nice family, from the little sister with bear hugs to the cartwheeling mom. Hope you and they have the greatest time getting caught up.

    Blessings to you and your family!


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