On Thursday, August 29, Bishop Echevarría conferred priestly ordination on three deacons of the Prelature, in the Church of St. Michael, situated in a downtown area of Pamplona, Spain.
Three days later, on September 1, Opus Dei’s Prelate conferred priestly ordination on another 37 faithful of the Prelature in a ceremony celebrated at the Shrine of Torreciudad.
The new priests are from Argentina, Ecuador, France, Italy Mexico, Nigeria, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, the Philippines, Portugal, Spain, the United States, and Venezuela.
In his homily on the 1st, the Prelate stressed that the ordination was taking place in the year of the centennial of Josemaría Escrivá’s birth and with his canonization rapidly approaching. “He had you very especially in mind, when he prayed for the holiness of his priest sons and for all the world’s priests.” At the end of his homily, he asked for their daily prayers that there be “many vocations of priests with a hunger for sanctity, which is indispensable for the administering of God’s forgiveness, and for satisfying the needs of all souls with the bread of God’s word and the Eucharistic bread.”
In the evening the Prelate held a get-together with the families and friends of the new priests, to whom he transmitted the Pope’s blessing.
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Romana, No. 35, July-December 2002, pag. 301-302.