Priests take role of waiters as more than $100,000 raised for seminarians
By ROB HERBST
The Catholic Week
MONTGOMERY — Priests often take on a wide variety of tasks for the Church and that was especially true Aug. 10
About 30 priests from all corners of the Archdiocese of Mobile served as waiters during the inaugural Seminarian Summer Gala at Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School’s Dolly Barranco Center. They donned their aprons and served about 200 for an important archdiocesan cause – to financially support the current 18 Archdiocese of Mobile seminarians. It costs about $50,000 for one year of a seminarian’s formation.
“For our priests to be here this evening, it says something,” Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi told those in attendance.
“Our priests serve in so many ways, through their ministry of word and sacraments and service. Another way they serve is to encourage vocations and I see this all over the archdiocese.”
According to Archdiocese of Mobile Office of Development and Stewardship Executive Director Shannon Roh, the dinner raised $102,672.
“We are blessed with amazing priests willing to serve the 200 guests at our first Seminarian Summer Gala, led by our amazing shepherd, Archbishop Rodi,” Roh said.
Archbishop Rodi served as the night’s maître-d’ to ensure patrons had a pleasurable dining experience as the inexperienced waiters served valiantly. Rev. Alejandro Valladares, pastor of St. Bede the Venerable Parish in Montgomery, served as head chef.
Rev. Valladares’ meal included antipasto, a first plate of pasta, a main course of “filetto di manzo,” arugula salad and tiramisu made by St. Bede the Venerable Parochial Vicar Fr. Nicholas Napolitano.
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