Deacon Jack Fitzpatrick has been to nine of these events.
After seven ordinations since December 2011, there will be no priestly ordinations for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph in 2013.
You could feel Bob Miller in the room, his brother, attorney Dick Miller told the crowd.
So how big can a party that began as a backyard barbecue get?
“Today we express our thanks to you sisters and to those who came before you, for your holy determination.”
Once again, they came in droves to show their appreciation, respect and love for each other.
There is no such thing as a “retired” priest.
“I wish to express the thanks of us all for your charity and faith, the contribution of your holiness, and your service in this local Church.”
It was fitting that the spiritual mothers of many, many thousands of area Catholics were honored on Mother’s Day weekend.