On Saturday, June 12, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki ordained Father Christopher A. Trummer to the diocesan priesthood during Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield.
“In a few moments, Chris, you will offer your life and future into Our Lord’s merciful hands, and He in turn will offer His own life and power back into your hands as His priest,” Bishop Paprocki said in his homily. “To say it in that way, though, somewhat reverses the actual way that God works. His gift always comes first and then our response. Chris, today you do offer your life and future into Our Lord’s merciful hands, but His self-gift — of the graces and promises of the priesthood — was something He already desired before you were conceived. …”
After the homily, the soon-to-be ordained priest made his promises to the priesthood and lay prostrate while the assembly prayed The Litany of the Saints. The ordination took place as Bishop Paprocki laid hands on the new priest and then dozens of other priests did the same. After the Prayer of Ordination, Father Trummer was vested with the stole and chasuble by Father Peter Harman, rector of the Pontifical North American College in Rome.
Bishop Paprocki then anointed Father Trummer’s hands and the new priest received a paten holding bread and a chalice containing wine mixed with water for the celebration of the Mass. Finally, after the bishop gave the fraternal kiss, the other priests did the same, welcoming him into the ministry. The liturgy continued with Father Trummer concelebrating.
Father Trummer celebrated his Mass of Thanksgiving the next day at St. Michael the Archangel in Sigel. This summer he will spend some time working at Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Thomas the Apostle parishes In Decatur before returning to Rome this fall to complete his graduate studies for the Licentiate in Moral Theology at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome.