At 5pm on Saturday, August 15, 2015, Fr. Royal Hannosh celebrated his first mass at St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Cathedral. It was a great blessing that his first mass happened to be on the Feast of the Assumption. During his homily, Fr. Royal spoke of the mustard see.
It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.
He spoke of how little faith is required to do great things with God. All we need is faith the size of a tiny mustard seed and we can grow into a great tree.
Fr. Royal was ordained on August 14, seven years after joining the seminary. He will be serving as the Parochial Vicar of St. Peter Cathedral and will be living at the parish for at least the next year so as to continue his formation. We ask abundant prayers for Fr. Royal as he begins his ministry as a Priest of Christ. May Our Lady, on whose feast he celebrated his first mass ever keep him under the protection of her mantle.