Aristotle says: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
The Chaldean Catholic Diocese of St. Peter the Apostle is nothing short of excellence, and today was another example of this. Being part of this special moment allowed me to witness true excellence first hand. His Excellency, Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo, Shepherd of this diocese, celebrated the ceremony of the renewal promises of Fr. Ankido Sipo, Br. Alan Harmeza, and myself in the Workers of the Vineyard Order of St. Joseph Chaldean Monastery.
After proceeding with the opening of the veil for the celebration of Mass, His Excellency began the ceremony with the novitiate promise of Br. Alan Harmeza, followed by the first temporary promise of myself, and the perpetual promise of Fr. Ankido Sipo, as we dedicated our promises to our Shepherd Jesus Christ and to St. Joseph Chaldean Monastery. As we each went up individually to receive the blessing of Mar Sarhad, the compassion I had for being called by God reached new heights at that moment, as well as the gratitude I had for our Lord, Jesus Christ in providing the establishment of St. Joseph Chaldean Monastery. His Excellency Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo’s habitual dedication in accepting God’s graces has brought the community together with the establishments of the Seminary of Mar Abba the Great, the Chaldean Convent of Our Lady of the Fields, and St. Joseph Chaldean Monastery, allowing many young men and women to answer their calling to the religious life.
As the ceremony ended, and following the completion of Mass, friends, family members, and supporters in the community joined in this celebration with a reception held at the monastery. The joy felt from the community surely made an impact to all of us here at the Monastery, and the gratitude we had for all who shared in this special historical day for our diocese are truly in our prayers, and we can’t thank them all enough.