Administration of the Sacrament of Holy Orders
Ordination of faithful of the
Prelature to the Diaconate
(February 20, 2010)
The Prelate conferred the diaconate on two faithful of the Work: Josep Maria Viñolas and Mario Vera Juarez. The ceremony took place in the church of St. Josemaría in Rome. The new deacons are from Spain and Mexico, respectively.
Priestly ordination of deacons of the Prelature (May 8, 2010)
Thirty-two deacons received ordination as priests from the hands of Bishop Javier Echevarría in the Basilica of St. Eugene in Rome. The new priests are from 14 different countries. During his homily, the bishop said: “To you, my sons . . . I say: stay always very close to our Lord by means of prayer and sacrifice. Try to fulfill with love, each day, your ministerial duties. Stay close to Jesus Christ, not only in the moment of the Eucharistic celebration, but throughout the whole day. Be very devoted to the Blessed Virgin, our Mother, and to St. Joseph. Imitate the example of St. Josemaría, our beloved Father, and thus you will always be well protected in Jesus’ hands.”
Bishop Echevarría also exhorted the families and friends of the new priests and all those present to “ask our Lord to make them and all the priests in the world truly holy: accompanying them closely with our prayer and sacrifice.”
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Romana, No. 50, January-June 2010, p. 72-73.