January 11, 2016

VANCOUVER - Two very different men have stepped up to the altar in answer to the same call.

Fathers Edwin Larry Lynn and Davide Lanzani were ordained priests at a solemn and joyous ceremony in Holy Rosary Cathedral Dec. 4.

It was the final step after two unique journeys to the priesthood.

Lynn lived through a career, marriage and parenthood before discerning God calling him to another commitment.

"He was a cinematographer. He was a student. He was a soldier," said his brother Jimmy Lynn. "In a way, it's been a long time coming."

Larry was in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1970. He got into the film industry around 1976 and moved to Montreal where he heard there were job opportunities.

In Montreal, he raised his three children, two of whom sat in the front row at his ordination. He moved to B.C. when Quebec's film industry slowed.

After his wife, Barbara Ellen, died in 2010, he started thinking about becoming a priest.

Also ordained was Father Lanzani, 28, born in the Philippines to Luigi and Bertilla Lanzani, Italian missionaries and members of the Neocatechumenal Way.

"Thirteen years ago was the first time I felt that God was calling me to the priesthood," Lanzani said.

"These words came when we were praying morning prayers with my family: 'And I will take David from the pastures and I will take him to be shepherd of my pasture, of the people of Israel.'"

He entered a Redemptoris Mater seminary, run by the Neocatechumenal Way, in Rome at age 18.

The young seminarian moved to Vancouver when a new Redemptoris Mater seminary opened.