|Group photo of the 49 newly ordained priests with Cardinal De Paolis.|
On December 12, 2011, the memorial of Our Lady of
Guadalupe, at 10 A.M., Cardenal Velasio De Paolis. C.S., the
Papal Delegate for the Legionaries of Christ, ordained 49 Legionaries
of Christ, as well as Father Pablo Galvan, the brother
of one of the Legionaries ordained, who is a member
of the Somascan Fathers.
The ceremony took place at the Basilica
of Saint John Lateran in Rome. About 2,000 guests were
present, including parents, relatives, friends, and members of the Legionaries
of Christ, the Regnum Christi Movement, and the Somascan Fathers.
Videos of the ordination itself are now available at http://www.ordinations.legionariesofchrist.org.
In his homily, the papal delegate observed that “the priesthood
is a precious gift because it makes Jesus present in
the midst of all of us. It makes him present
to sanctify us; it is a precious gift that we
need to discover more each day.”
After expressing his gratitude
to the families for regarding their son’s vocation as a
gift, he emphasized that the ordination of 49 new priests
is “a reason for consolation on the path of rediscovering
the congregation’s mission. The path is at times tiring, but
you are walking it with trust in the Church.”
|During his homily, Cardinal De Paolis invited the ordinands to consider their priesthood as a |
moment is one of consolation for the Legion. These vocations
open the way to hope and make us look to
the future,” he said.
Among the 49 newly ordained Legionaries of
Christ, the youngest is 29, and the oldest is 35.
The new priests come from seven countries: the United States
(15), México (20), Brazil (5), Colombia (5), Italy (2), Spain
(1), and Hungary (1).
The priests tell their personal journey in
a new book entitled Witness of God’s Gift (Dios lo
da todo). The stories show that there is a great
variety of paths that lead these young men to the
|The ordination took place in a splendid setting: the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome.|
Three pairs of brothers were ordained today: Fathers Jason and
Michael Mitchell, from western Pennsylvania; Fathers Juan Pablo and Andres
Botero from Columbia; and Father Marcos Galvan and his brother
Father Pablo, from Tampico, Mexico. Father Támas Fejéregyházi will be
the first Legionary priest from Hungary; as a youth, he
was forced to wear the uniform of his country’s Communist
youth organizations. Father Roberto Carlos Lazalde, from Durango, Mexico, dreamed
of being a professional soccer player, and he played for
the minor-league Cruz Azul team. However, when he was 18
and about to fulfill his dream, he decided instead to
don a religious habit of the Legionaries of Christ.
priests gave up childhood dreams in order to follow their
call to the priesthood: Father Stephen Costello, from central Florida,
was offered several scholarships for his trombone skills. Father José
Guadalupe Padua already had a masters in law, when, during
Pope John Paul II’s 1999 visit to Mexico City, his
eyes met those of the Holy Father, an experience that
changed his life. All of them experienced what Pope Benedict
said to young people at the beginning of his
pontificate: “Do not be afraid of Christ! He takes nothing
away, and he gives you everything. When we give ourselves
to him, we receive a hundredfold in return.”
With these 49
new priests, the Legionaries now have more than 900 priests
who work in over 20 countries throughout the world.
a selection of vocation stories of the newly ordained priests,
visit the special section on the priestly ordination.