Fr. Florian Racine was a graduate student here at Texas A&M when I was an undergrad. Even while he was a student, he had a passion for the Eucharist. After a few years of working as an engineer in Houston, he moved back to France and was ordained as a priest for the Diocese of Frejus-Toulon.
After his ordination, his passion for the Eucharist has been put into practice, as the founder of a community named The Missionaries of the Most Holy Eucharist (a clerical association erected by Bishop Dominique Rey in 2007). Their goals are to:
- Encourage the practice of Eucharistic adoration by means of preached and silent retreats, parish missions, organizing conferences and congresses.
- Organize perpetual adoration in parishes and towns in such a way that the Blessed Sacrament be exposed solemnly and adored unceasingly.
- Give Jesus a guard of honour and love by inviting parishioners to choose a weekly hour of adoration and by helping them to remain faithful to it.
- To create links between parishes which already have adoration.
- To organize, wherever necessary, parish missions for the renewal of existing adoration chapels thus reinforcing the chain of prayer and deepening the prayer life of adorers.
- To assist in the establishment of Eucharistic centres or diocesan Eucharistic sanctuaries.
Fr. Florian is still a diocesan priest, as well as serving as moderator of the Missionaries of the Most Holy Eucharist. He serves as rector of the Basilica of St. Mary Magdalene church in Saint-Maximin, France.
Last year Ignatius Press published Fr. Florian’s book, Could You Not Watch with Me One Hour?: How to Cultivate a Deeper Relationship with the Lord through Eucharistic Adoration.
Another great Aggie Catholic priest story. Fr. Florian is one of 154 Aggie Catholic priests and religious. Please pray for more!