Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, C.S., the Papal Delegate
for the Legionaries of Christ and Regnum Christi, will ordain
44 Legionaries of Christ this Saturday, December 15, 2012, in
the Basilica of Saint John Lateran in Rome.
The event will be broadcast live starting at 10 am
local time, through the webpage www.ordinations.legionariesofchrist.org.
The new priests of the Legion of Christ are between
29 and 39 years of age and come from twelve
different countries: United States (11), Mexico (15), Brazil (6), Italy
(3), Spain (2), and one each from Puerto Rico, England,
Romania, Chile, Columbia, Poland, and Venezuela.
those to be ordained is a pair of brothers of
Vietnamese background from Georgia, Fathers Jason and Peter Huynh. Also
from the United States are Fathers John Pietropaoli (New York),
Mark Thelen (Michigan), Michael Moriarty (Kansas), Ronald Conklin (Texas), Jeremy
Lambert (Georgia), Brian Coe (Maryland), Stephen Dardis (Louisiana), Louis Melahn
(Massachusetts), and Andrew Dalton (Georgia). Father Juan José Hernández Rodríguez
will be the first Legionary priest from Puerto Rico.
Father Csaba Szász, from the region of Transylvania in
Romania, will be the first Legionary from that country to
be ordained. Father Mariusz Kielbasa will also be the first
Polish Legionary priest. Fathers José Eduardo Sánchez, Luis Rebollo and Carlos
Moreno each has another brother in the Legion of Christ.
Of the 44 new priests, 19 began their
formation and the discernment of their vocation in one of
the apostolic schools (minor seminaries) of the Legion. The rest
entered the novitiate directly, either after finishing high school, during
their university studies, or after several years of work.
The Legion of Christ is currently represented in
22 countries. Its members include 3 bishops, 920 priests and
more than 2000 religious, novices, and students in its apostolic
schools, as of December 2011.
ordained priests tell the story of their personal journeys in
a new book entitled The Joy of Believing. “It finally
hit me that God was going to ask of me
only and exactly what my heart—at its deepest level—truly wanted,”
writes Father Stephen Dardis. Father James Shekelton, from England, and
Father Jeremy Lambert both talk about how almost miraculous survival
of life-threatening situations early in their lives convinced them that
God had a special plan for them. “A priest is
a living reminder that the great work of our life
is to let God love us, to let him work
in our soul and give us the unimaginable gifts he
has planned for us,” says Father John Pietropaoli. Father Michael
Moriarty tells about how it was his girlfriend who insisted
that he needed to discern if God was calling him.
“It’s a humbling, yet awe inspiring experience, to be a
channel of God’s love to the souls he wants to
touch through you,” he writes. “If this experience, simply as
a seminarian and a deacon, has been tremendous in the
past years, I can only imagine how truly awesome it
will be as a priest.”
section on the priestly ordinations is now available on the
Regnum Christi website. Click here.
Photos of the ordination can be viewed on www.flickr.com/photos/legionariosdecristo
after the event. (Currently images from the diaconate ordinations in
June 2012 are available.)
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