On February 27, Bishop Echevarría conferred diaconal ordination on six faithful of Opus Dei. The ceremony was held in the parish of St. Josemaría in Rome. The new deacons are Alejandro Jesús Arenas (Peru), Eduardo Ares (Spain), Miguel Ángel Correas (Spain), Pablo López (Spain), Carlos Rodríguez (Spain), and Irineo Pallares (Mexico).
Alejandro Jesús Arenas studied mechanical engineering at the National University of Engineering in Lima, Peru. Prior to his preparation for the priesthood, he worked for ten years in the sale of hydraulic products.
Irineo Pallares, from Culiacan, Mexico, studied financial administration. For thirteen years he managed a hotel. He had also been manager of a textile business and head of formation in the Chapultepec high school.
Eduardo Ares studied Classics at the Complutense University in Madrid, and has taught in a number of schools. He also is a well-known oral narrator and has received several international prizes.
Miguel Ángel Correas, a native of Alcázar de San Juan (Spain), studied computer engineering at the University of Castilla la Mancha. For more than ten years he was a high school teacher in Ciudad Real, Spain.
Carles Rodríguez Raventós studied Industrial Electronics and Technical Architecture. He worked for a Swiss Multinational as coordinator of security for almost ten years.
Pablo López González has a degree in Educational Psychology. A teacher in the field of Physical Education, he worked in a high school in Madrid until 2010, the year when he began his ecclesiastical studies for ordination to the priesthood.
In his homily, the Prelate of Opus Dei reminded the new deacons that the Church “conferred on them the power of preaching with authority the Word of God, of distributing the Body of Christ in Communion,” and of carrying out “the works of charity in the name of our Lord himself.”
Their ordination as priests will take place on September 4 in the Shrine of Our Lady of Torreciudad, in Spain.