Fifty years ago on this date, the late Archbishop Fulton Sheen ordained a young man to the priesthood. Today that man, Father Andrew Apostoli, a member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, serves as the Vice Postulator for the cause of canonization for the Archbishop.
For the past 50 years Father Andrew has worked to emulate the man who passed on the office of the priesthood to him. It is also appropriate that Father Apostoli celebrates his golden ordination anniversary during the centennial year of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, to whom he is greatly devoted.
He has been a great friend to this apostolate and to my wife and I for years. We are honored to celebrate this great milestone with him. Father Andrew is a frequent visitor to the National Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima here in Washington, N.J., participating in our many events both as a speaker and a celebrant. He has been a regular contributor to Soul magazine and the author of a number of books on Fatima. He has led pilgrimages with us and several of us have appeared with him on EWTN television.
Archbishop Sheen was once quoted as saying, “We as priests speak for the dumb, atone for the sinful, plead for the Judases and intercede for those who do not know what they are doing.”
I believe that His Excellency looks down favorably on this man, upon whom he laid hands in 1967. Thou art a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek [Heb 7:17].
Congratulations Father Andrew.
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