|A total of 61 Legionaries of Christ were ordained to the priesthood this Christmas.|
Rome, December 24, 2010. At 9:30 a.m. today, Cardinal Velasio
De Paolis C.S., President of the Prefecture for the Economic
Affairs of the Holy See and Pontifical Delegate for the
Legion of Christ ordained 61 Legionaries of Christ to the
priesthood. The ceremony was attended by the family members, friends,
fellow Legionaries, and Regnum Christi members who gathered in Rome
for the occasion. We invite our readers to entrust these
new priests to their prayers.
The ceremony was held in the
Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls and was concelebrated
by Bishop Brian Farrell, LC, Secretary of the Pontifical Council
for the Promotion of Christian Unity, Bishop Paolo Schiavon, auxiliary
bishop for the diocese of Rome, and a group of
Legionary priests celebrating the 25th anniversary of their own priesthood
today, including Fr Alvaro Corcuera, LC, general director of the
Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi, and Fr Luis Garza,
LC, vicar general of the congregation and the Movement. The
multimedia section of this web page will soon offer a
video recording of the Mass for viewing.
Cardinal Velasio De Paolis
developed his homily around a reflection on the meaning of
the priesthood. He discussed the meaning of the priesthood in
pagan civilizations, in the Old Testament, and finally, its splendor
in the New Testament. It was while expanding on this
last point that he commented that “Jesus puts himself in
our midst through us when the priest proclaims the Word—not
his word, but Christ’s Word. He does not do it
to proclaim himself, but to proclaim Him. […] He should
not present himself, but the love and the teaching that
belongs to Him.” He also said, “Today we need priests
so that Jesus will sustain us, sanctify us, forgive us.
We need authentic pastors. […] We need priests for humanity!”
61 candidates for Holy Orders come from eleven countries: Brazil
(4), Canada (3), Germany (1), Italy (6), Mexico (28), New
Zealand (1), South Korea (1), Spain (7), the United States
(7), Venezuela (2) and Vietnam (1). With the exception of
one candidate, their ages range from 30 to 40.
|We thank God for these new priests at the service of the Church and we pray for their perseverance and sanctification.|
of the new priests found their vocation by participating in
youth groups or evangelization missions of Regnum Christi, the ecclesial
movement that shares in the spirituality of the Legionaries of
Christ. Others were students in the congregation’s minor seminaries (apostolic
schools). Some had already completed their university degree when God’s
call broke into their own plans.
Their vocation stories, published in
the book Desde el Corazón de Cristo (From the Heart
of Christ), show the great variety of paths that led
them to religious life and now to the priesthood. Their
vocation stories can also be read in this special
The new priests will spend Christmas in Rome with their
families and fellow Legionaries of Christ. On December 29, they
will attend the general audience with the Holy Father to
express their filial loyalty and to ask for his apostolic
blessing. Afterwards, some will continue their advanced studies in theology,
and the rest will begin their priestly ministry.
We thank God
for these new priests at the service of the Church
and we pray for their perseverance and sanctification.
If you would
like to send a note of congratulations to the new priests
or to the whole group, you can do so by
filling out this format with your information and the
message you wish to send.