Prior to that he was Vice Rector of St John's Seminary, Wonersh. So we were staff members of the seminary at the same time. Father Anthony celebrated 25 years of priesthood towards the end of July.
Well, none of this has much to do with Blessed Kateri, except that about 40 miles East of Ilion along the Mohawk River is the National Shrine of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha in Fonda, NY, where she was baptised. You can read Kateri's story here.
She is a remarkable young saint who paid the cost of being a disciple of Christ in having to leave her homeland to join a settlement of Christian Indians in Canada. I blogged about her earlier this summer.
If you plan to visit, go straight upstairs to the church, unless you are really interested in some Indian history in which case you can visit the museum downstairs. To be honest I did not find if of much interest.
Prayer for the Canonisation of Blessed Kateri:
O God, who among the many marvels of your grace in the new world did cause to blossom on the banks of the Mohawk and the St Lawrence the pure and tender lily Kateri Tekakwitha, grant we beseech you, the favor we beg through her intercession, that this young lover of Jesus and of his cross may soon be counted among her Saints by the Holy Mother Church, and that our hearts may be enkindled with a stronger desire to imitate her innocence and faith. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.