|Bishop Pedro Pablo Elizondo, LC, with newly ordained deacons Pedro Castañeda (right) and Noel Quezada (left).|
June 29, 2009. Although most of the Legionary ordinations to
the diaconate took place in Rome this year, some Legionaries
were ordained in smaller groups in various cities around the
world. Four were ordained in Mexico and Italy toward the
end of June.
In Guadalajara on June 20, Pedro Castañera
and Noel Quezada were ordained by Bishop Pedro Pablo Elizondo,
LC, bishop of the Prelature of Cancún-Chetumal. The ceremony was
carried out in the Expiatory Church of Guadalajara. Legionaries from
the communities in Guadalajara, Torreón, Monterrey, and León attended.
the homily, Bishop Pedro Pablo emphasized the attitude of service
to which deacons are especially called.
After the diaconal consecration,
His Excellency invited the relatives of the new deacons to
come forward to congratulate them.
A Spanish-language video of this
diaconal ordination can be viewed on the Regnum Christi web
|Deacon Luca Frontali with his parents and Bishop Claudio Stagni.|
On June 27, Bishop Claudio Stagni
of the diocese of Faenza-Modigliana, ordained Br Luca Frontali, LC,
to the diaconate in St Peter’s Cathedral in the city
of Faenza. Six Legionary priests and six diocesan priests concelebrated
the Mass, which was attended by Legionaries from the communities
in Bologna and Rome, as well as by the new
deacon’s friends and family members.
on June 29, Br Juan Antonio Ruiz was ordained a
deacon in the church of Our Lady of Lebanon in
the city of Mérida, in the state of Yucatán. Archbishop
Emilio Carlos Berlié of the archdiocese of Yucatán celebrated the
ordination Mass, which was concelebrated by Bishop Rafael Palma Capetillo,
auxiliary bishop, and by Fr Rodolfo Mayagoitia, territorial director of
During the homily, Archbishop Berlié commented that the entire
Church unites herself to the joy of Deacon Juan Antonio,
his family, and the Legion, because now he is a
|The newly ordained Deacon Juan Antonio Ruiz Jorge, LC, with his family, Archbishop Emilio Berlié, auxiliary bishop Rafael Palma, and Fr Rodolfo Mayagoitia, LC.|
man who can be sent anywhere in the world to
work for Christ.
“We all rejoice at the ordination of
Juan Antonio, who must now live out the image of
Christ in service to God and others,” he said.
these four men will be part of a group of
almost 60 deacons to be ordained to the priesthood in
Rome on December 12, 2009 – the feast of Our
Lady of Guadalupe. All are welcome to attend. We also
invite all of our readers to keep them and the
entire group of deacons in our prayers, especially during this
Year for Priests instituted by Pope Benedict XVI.