St. Joseph's Basilica was full on Friday with people gathered to witness the ordination of two new priests. Kris Schmidt was ordained for the Archdiocese of Edmonton and Joachim Ostermann for the Franciscans. Father Kris has been assigned to serve as Associate Pastor at the Basilica. Father Ostermann has been serving at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Sherwood Park. 

"Kris and Joachim, at a certain point in your own personal histories you were brought to the realization that Jesus had set his heart upon you, and had chosen you to serve his beloved people through the sacred office of the ministerial priesthood,"Archbishop Smith said in his homily. 

"By God's grace, you, in turn, have set your heart on Jesus and on following him through this particular service of the Church. This bond of love is the very centre and engine of the priest's life and ministry. Communion with his heart will transform your own and enable you to love and serve no longer with your own heart but with his."

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May God bless these men in abundance as they begin their priestly ministry.