|The ordination took place on the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, whose feast day falls on December 12.|
December 16, 2009. Rome, Italy. On the morning of December
12th, in the basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls,
Bishop Brian Farrell, LC, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for
Promoting Christian Unity, ordained 59 religious from the Legionaries of
Christ to the priesthood. About 4,300 guests attended the ceremony,
including relatives, friends, Legionaries of Christ, and Regnum Christi members.
the video here.
The ordination took place on the feast
day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, whose feast day falls
on December 12, and her image was present in the
Roman basilica. It was a cause of great joy for
the Legionaries to be ordained during this Year for Priests,
proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI to commemorate the 150th anniversary
of the death of St John Maria Vianney, patron of
all parish priests worldwide.
In his homily, Bishop Brian Farrell,
LC, said, "I would like to comment on another context:
Did you want to choose Legionary life? Good, but remember
that the Legion, that is now coming to life under
the sign of the Cross, will only have a future
if we all abandon every sentiment of self-sufficiency and understand
that we are essentially in a permanent state of conversion,
which is never acquired once and for all. The field
that the Lord opens up for your work is immense.
But the value of your apostolate is not founded on
the goods of this world or on yourselves. Rather, its
roots are found in the goods that are of Christ;
that Christ who lives and grows within us. St. Paul
understood this: ´It is no longer I who live, but
Christ who lives in me!´” (Gal 2:20).
|A moment during the homily by Bishop Brian Farrell, LC, when he exhorted the new priests to live their vocation with generosity.|
Read the complete homily
at this link.
The new priests hail from
11 countries, with half (29) coming from Mexico. A total
of 9 are from the United States, 7 are from
Spain, and 3 are from Canada. There are 2 German,
2 Brazilian, 2 Italian, and 2 French priests, and one
priest from Venezuela, one from Vietnam, and one from the
Czech Republic. Their ages range between 30 and 40, with
the exception of two who are 50 years old. All
have spent between 10 to 14 years in preparation for
|It was a cause of great joy for the Legionaries to be ordained during this Year for Priests.|
the priesthood, dedicating themselves to their spiritual, human, intellectual, and
pastoral formation. These 59 new priests bring the total of
Legionary priests to 860 worldwide.
The newly ordained priests tell their
vocation stories in first person in a book that was
published today under the title “I Call You Friends”
(Os llamo amigos) which can also be read in a
special section on the Regnum Christ and Legion of
Christ web pages.
On Sunday, December 13, the newly ordained priests
and their families attended the Angelus in St Peter´s Square.
At the end of his address, Pope Benedict greeted the
newly ordained Legionaries with these words:
"I affectionately greet the Spanish-speaking
pilgrims, in particular the Legionaries of Christ who were ordained
priests yesterday and who are accompanied by their family, friends
and members of Regnum Christi, as well the faithful from
various parishes of Formentera, Zaragoza, Málaga and Valencia. On this
third Sunday of Advent, faced with the now imminent presence
of the Lord Jesus, the liturgy insistently invites us to
rejoice. In Christ, the words of the prophet Zephaniah to
Israel are fulfilled: “The Lord your God is in your
midst; he is a warrior who saves. He rejoices and
is pleased in you; he loves you and rejoices with
jubilation”. I exhort all of you, especially the new priests,
to continue – sustained by the infinite love of God
manifested in Christ – along the path of spiritual preparation
for Christmas, and to celebrate the birth of the Savior
with joy and abundant fruit. I wish everyone a good
At the Wednesday audience in Paul VI Auditorium on December 16,
the Holy Father addressed another greeting to the Legionaries at
the end of his summary for Spanish-speaking pilgrims:
"I greet the
Spanish-speaking faithful from Spain and various countries of Latin America,
especially the newly ordained priests of the Congregation of the
Legionaries of Christ, along with their relatives and friends, and
the members of Regnum Christi. I would like to remind
the new priests, on the occasion of the Year for
Priests, to learn love for Christ and generous service to
the Church from St John María Vianney. May your self-giving
always be total, full, and joyful, without ever forgetting the
Lord’s predilection in your lives."
We give thanks to God for
these new priests who are putting their lives at the
service of the Church, and we invite everyone to pray
for their perseverance and sanctification at the service of God,
the Church, and society.