Bittersweet news from the Oratory today, as Canon Jason Apple is being called to return to the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest's motherhouse in Gricigliano, Italy to oversee the formation of the many American seminarians there. His place in St. Louis will be filled by Canon Aaron Huberfeld, another American priest newly-ordained three weeks ago by Archbishop Burke in Florence.
There will be a farewell reception for Canon Apple on August 8 at the Oratory.
I know readers of this blog, especially those who have benefited directly from his faithful priesthood at St. Francis de Sales Oratory, will join me in thanking Canon Jason Apple for all of his wonderful service in St. Louis, wishing him the best as he returns to Gricigliano and offering him our prayers. He is truly a holy priest.
I can only hope that being stationed in Tuscany will somehow soften the blow. :-)
We also look forward to welcoming Canon Huberfeld back home to the U.S., and assure him of our prayers.
Canon Michael Wiener, Rector of the Oratory, has all the details in the latest email newsletter:
Dear Friends of St. Francis de Sales Oratory,
With joy and sadness, the Oratory will bid farewell to Canon Jason Apple soon. To ensure the best possible training of our future priests, our Prior General, recently decided to call Canon Apple back to our motherhouse in Gricigliano and to entrust to him the vocations coming from the United States. Canon Apple’s excellent embodiment of the specific Salesian spirituality of our community will be a great benefit in the priestly formation in Gricigliano. However, his presence in St. Louis for the last two years, as a confrere and as the Vicar, will be missed very much. On August 8, please come to a farewell reception after the 10am Mass, when we will have a chance to express our gratitude and good wishes to Canon Apple.
As Canon Apple assumes his new duties at our Motherhouse, we will welcome the service of our new Vicar, Canon Aaron Huberfeld, who was recently ordained by Archbishop Burke in Florence. Many of you already know Canon Huberfeld as a seminarian when he was assigned to the Oratory during the summer of 2008. Please join us in greeting him warmly as he returns to St. Louis as a priest of the Roman Catholic Church.
Canon Michael K. Wiener
Rector, St. Francis de Sales Oratory
Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest
2653 Ohio Avenue
Saint Louis, Missouri 63118
Telephone: (314) 771-3100
FAX: (314) 771-3295