||Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison asks the Promises of the Elect of Fr. Gabriel López-Betanzos at the Ordination Mass on Friday, June 26, at St. Maria Goretti Church in Madison. To view or purchase photos, go to www.madisoncatholicherald.smugmug.com (Catholic Herald photo/Brian Payne)
MADISON -- It was more than just the biggest night of their lives -- it was a special night for their families, the Diocese of Madison, and the Church as a whole.
No moment symbolically externalized the work of the Holy Spirit more than the thunderous applause for six men who had just presented themselves to Bishop Robert C. Morlino to be ordained to the priesthood.
The faces of soon-to-be Frs. Scott Emerson, Chahm Gahng, Christopher Gernetzke, Tafadzwa Kushamba, Gabriel López-Betanzos, and Cristóbal Padilla were filled with joy at the love and support around them and the humility of surrendering themselves to Christ and his Church.
St. Maria Goretti Church in Madison has seen many new priests ordained over the past several years, but there was something special about this night -- Friday, June 26, 2015 -- a night in which the Holy Spirit showed itself in full force.
In fact, the six priests were the most ordained in the diocese in 42 years.
The Mass begins
The six men processed in with Bishop Morlino, along with the Knights of Columbus Honor Guard Assembly 1200 Madison, Knights and Ladies of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, seminarians of the Diocese of Madison, priests of the diocese, and guest priests of those to be ordained.
Bishop Morlino welcomed everyone to the Mass, especially the families of the six men.
“We thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” he said, “for the beautiful gift that you offer to the world.”