Many of you know Bryan Buenger: that high school teacher who would spend hours and hours at St. Anne as a volunteer in various parish ministries. He was also frequently to be found in the adoration chapel, gazing at Jesus in the monstrance and silently daring to dream a great dream that would have paralyzed others with fear. But God always gives the grace to achieve something great.
Bryan Buenger – a man with a generous smile and easy good humor whose long hair would catch your attention and who loved a good movie. He’s been so impatiently waiting for episode VII of the Star Wars saga to come out this Christmas!
One day, during adoration, he heard the call to leave it all. Only those have felt that calling know what a person in that state of mind experiences. After a time of discernment – in silence, always in silence – he went to seek new horizons.
He put himself into the hands of God, and left to go far, far away to a place of fantasy, a natural paradise where there is a need to proclaim Christ. On the 4th of July, after many internal struggles, through light and darkness, tests and consolations from God, Bryan was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Palmerston North, in New Zealand.
In spite of the distance, he is one of us. He is a fruit of the action of the Holy Spirit, who at St. Anne, touched Bryan’s heart and gave him the love and the courage to leave the nets and follow Christ. His ordination is a sign of hope for all of us. Hope, because God continues to act in our lives. Hope, because Bryan represents all of our young men who are currently discerning their vocation. If he can, then they can, too. It is a sign of hope because a priest is always a gift to the Church, a sign that God still loves the world and cares for us through those he has given the mission of guiding His people.
As we rejoice with Bryan, I ask that you keep him in your prayers. Congratulations Bryan! May God bless you.