As he participated in his ordination ceremony at St Finbar’s Church in Diego Martin on Saturday August 17, Fr Jesse Maingot was possibly reflecting on his long journey to establishing his relationship with God and his Church. The 33 year old went through much soul searching before he finally found his true calling.
During his homily, Archbishop Jason Gordon observed, “You have been called Jesse to this moment”, but his words emphasised that the end of this phase of Fr Maingot’s journey is the beginning of a next challenging and important one. Describing the leap to priesthood as crossing a “chasm”, the Archbishop noted that Fr Maingot’s calling chose him instead of the other way around.
He explained, “You will live your priesthood as an answer to the call that God has given to you way back then, when you were a child, when you were baptised, when you received holy chrism for the first time, when that water of salvation washed you clean, when God put his seal upon you and called you to be a holy man.” He proclaimed, “You would hear that call through everything in your being.”