Daniel Steven Darmanin
Hometown: Born in Long Island, New York; raised in Tampa, Florida, from age 5
First priestly assignment: St. Angela Merici, Metairie
Masses of Thanksgiving:
June 9 at 11 a.m. at St. Angela Merici, Metairie; June 30 at 11 a.m. at St. Ann Church and Shrine, Metairie.
Angels, baroque ornamentation adorn Italian-made chalice
My chalice is a new one, crafted in Italy. There is an old saying that “the chalice chooses the ordinand.” After searching all over the internet, I found this particular chalice and knew it was the one.
I had planned to purchase it during my last year of priestly preparation. However, my family and close friends found out I had my eye on this chalice, and they completely surprised me at my diaconate ordination. It simply took my breath away!
There are two features that made me desire this particular chalice. First, its angelic theme. I’m in love with angels, and they played a role in my overall journey in formation – from my guardian angel to St. Michael the Archangel.
Second, the design of the chalice is baroque, with its high ornamentation and tulip-shaped bowl. The chalice is about nine inches tall; the bottom half is silver with an oxidized finish. The bowl is 24-carat gold-plated on silver. Flanking images of Jesus and Mary are at the base. Going up from the base are four resting angel figures. Continuing up the node, there is an assortment of cherubs. The silver around the gold bowl has four angels, between which are the four evangelists. The bottom of the chalice is inscribed with my name, ordination information and the message: “With Love from Your Family” and the Latin “Tu es Sacerdos in Aeternum” (You are a Priest Forever).
The Holy Mass inspired my vocation – my calling occurred in 2006, during the Easter Vigil liturgy. It is at Mass where the priest substantially changes simple bread and wine into the Body and Blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ. The chalice holds our Lord’s precious blood, so this sacred vessel should be worthy of holding such a liquid. There is an intimacy between the priest and the eucharistic species, and the chalice is an instrument used during that beautiful moment.
Every time I celebrate Mass with this chalice, I will remember my family who gave me such a beautiful gift.
As a priest, I am most looking forward to celebrating the sacraments, particularly celebrating Mass and the sacrament of reconciliation. My vocation grew from the Mass, so I am humbled to be able to celebrate it.
– Beth Donze