Three teachers, two Spaniards and a Mexican, received priestly ordination on September 2nd at the Shrine of Torreciudad, at the hands of Bishop Javier Echevarría, Prelate of Opus Dei. Numerous faithful, relatives and friends of the new priests filled the church and accompanied them in a day of celebration and prayer.
In his homily, which we include in this issue of Romana, Bishop Echevarría encouraged everyone to live well the Year of Faith convoked by Benedict XVI so that “we might make known to others or remind them of the joyful reality that we are all children of God, and that he calls all of us to share in his friendship.” And he reminded those present of “the immense gift that priests represent, not only for the Church but for all humanity.”
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On November 3, in St. Eugene’s Basilica in Rome, the Prelate of Opus Dei conferred ordination as deacons on 31 faithful of the Prelature from 13 different countries. In his homily, Bishop Echevarría encouraged the deacons, and all the faithful, to ask “the Holy Spirit to increase throughout the world the number of sacred ministers who are well prepared and enthusiastic, in love with our Lord and dedicated entirely to the service of souls. In a word, may he grant us an abundance of holy priests, truly committed to the ministry entrusted to them.”
Romana, n. 55, July-December 2012, p. 264.