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I Call You Friends
A new book tells the vocation stories of the 59 Legionary priests ordained this December 12, 2009.

os llamo amigos

Rome, December 12, 2009. “The priesthood is the love of Jesus’ heart,” said St John Maria Vianney, the Curé of Ars and patron saint of priests. The 59 Legionary priests who were ordained in the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe understand these words from the experience of their own lives.

In the new book Os Llamo Amigos (I Call You Friends) the newly ordained priests tell the story of how they came to discover their calling to the priesthood as a gift of love. The stories are written in the original languages of the priests, many of whom are Spanish-speakers. (The stories in English can also be read online at this link.)

Ranging in age from 30 to 40, with two over 50 years of age, the new priests come from 11 countries: Brazil, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, the United States, Venezuela, and Vietnam.

The stories are as varied as the men who tell them. Jiøí, from the Czech Republic, lived his childhood and youth under the Communist regime in his country. Nicolas, from France, graduated with a degree in biotechnology and was an officer in the French Navy. David was a DJ in various discotheques. Joachim, from Germany, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. Richard, from the States, ran the Boston Marathon in under 3 hours. Tham, from Vietnam, was only two weeks old when his family boarded a raft and fled Communist Vietnam in the pre-dawn darkness. Raoul, from Canada, felt called by God after four of his friends died in two separate car accidents. Manuel piloted small planes and loved hunting.

As diverse as their temperaments, interests, backgrounds, and cultures may be, at some point they were all touched by the love of Christ and felt that mysterious call to follow him in the priesthood.

Some responded immediately; others needed years for the call to sink in. But each of the men gave their “yes” and have repeated it all the way to the altar. Their stories are unique miracles, signs of the Holy Spirit’s action all around us.

The individual vocation stories can also be read online at this link.


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