|Bishop Pedro Pablo Elizondo, LC, gives the Gospels to newly ordained Deacon Santiago Garza, LC.|
Monterrey, Mexico. June 21, 2011. Two diaconal ordination ceremonies were
held recently in Monterrey and Mexico City, with five Legionaries
receiving the first level of Holy Orders. A total of
close to 50 men will be ordained to the diaconate
around the world this summer, with the largest group receiving
the sacrament in Rome on July 2nd.
This past June
19, Santiago Garza Sáenz, LC, was ordained to the diaconate
in a Mass held at the Legion’s novitiate in Monterrey,
Mexico. The ordaining bishop was Bishop Pedro Pablo Elizondo, LC,
a Legionary bishop who heads up the Cancun-Chetumal prelature.
In his homily, Bishop Pedro Pablo spoke about the
sublimity of the gift of the diaconate: “I invite you
to consider the sublimity of the gift you are about
to receive. In a few minutes, you will be made
a servant of Christ and of the holy Church of
God. This mystery, which is a wonderful exchange between God
and man, will be carried out in you.”
the end of his homily, the bishop invited him to
entrust himself to the Blessed Virgin so that she might
intercede for him and obtain all the graces he needs
for the service of the diaconate.
|The four Legionaries of Christ during the diaconal ordination ceremony in Mexico City.|
Also concelebrating were
Fr Emilio Díaz, the territorial director for Monterrey, and various
Legionary priests who work in the area.
Santiago Garza Sáenz, LC, was born in the city of
Santiago in the state of Nuevo León. He joined the
Legion in 1998 and is currently working at the apostolic
school in León, Guanajuato.
Ordination in Mexico City
On June 22,
the eve of Corpus Christi, four Legionaries were ordained to
the diaconate in the Anáhuac University chapel in northern Mexico
City. Deacons Gabriel Abascal, Julio César Chaparro, Joel Herrera, and
Salvador Ruelas, were ordained by Bishop Marcelino Hernández, of Orizaba,
Also concelebrating at the Mass were Fr Rodolfo Mayagoitia,
LC, territorial director for Mexico City and Fr Francisco Mateos,
LC. general councilor of the Legionaries of Christ, along with
35 other priests.
In his homily, Bishop Marcelino recalled his
own beginnings in the minor seminary and his enthusiasm for
his ministry as a deacon, and then mentioned the important
liturgical feasts on which the ordinations were held. Then he
reminded the deacons of their responsibility to live in charity
and service to God and men.
These five men, along
with nearly 50 others, will be ordained to the priesthood
on December 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.