A Priest Forever

“You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek.” – Hebrews 7:17

These words come to mind when I think of the recently deceased Fr. Mark Illig whom I worked with at the Station of the Cross for several years. Unexpectedly, he passed away Wednesday, December 21, 2011.

Fr. Mark’s funeral Mass, which took place just shortly after Christmas, was a beautiful tribute to his life of faithfulness and service. More than 70 priests, several deacons and a bishop joined the laity in mourning the loss of this wonderful priest.

Remembering that the Sacrament of Holy Orders leaves an indelible mark on the soul, even in passing from this world to the next, I consider how Fr. Mark still serves his people as a priest of God for all Eternity.

It’s important to let our priests know how grateful we are for them.

How do you show your priests appreciation?

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