Priestly ordinations of our three confreres in the Providence Region
“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my saviour”. Once again as a Community we can sing the Magnificat and thank the Lord for the great gift of priesthood.
Families prepared intensively this day of grace
Three of our brothers from the course Heralds of Sion (Novitiate 2008-2010) were ordained on 23rd, 24th and 25th of April in their respective parishes. The ceremonies were filled with grace and devotion. We had been preparing the families and the relatives in an intensive manner, so that they too experienced this great gift as a gift of grace and special attachment to the Lord. It was really emotional, as the mothers and some of the relatives of the new priests ate fish and meet after long months of abstinence. They made lots of sacrifices and they had non vegetarian food after the first mass of their son.
Each filiation "adopted" one of the new priests
For our Region also it was a time of grace. We prepared intensively for the ordination. Each deacon was adopted by one filiation and they had to accompany him in a special way, making sacrifices and arranging the ordination ceremonies. Because the deacons hail from different dioceses, the ordinations took place in their respective dioceses of origin. The first ordination had the speciality that Fr Shijo Pottathuparambil is the first one from the Archdiocese of Trissur to be ordained for our Community. The archbishop himself comes from the same parish as Fr Shijo. In this Diocese we have our Movement Center and our Shrine. The next vocations that we have from this Diocese come already from the contact with our Movement.
The second ordination was in the Archdiocese of Ernakulam. Our Regional House is situated in this Diocese. Fr Bibin Varghese Parambi comes from the same parish from where one of our fathers (Fr Biju Pathrose Parappuram) hails from. We have a number of fathers from this area and Diocese.
Visitors from Paraguay
Fr Rijo Joy Thuluvath comes from the Diocese of Irinjalakuda. Here we have the first shrine, which has not the original measurements, as it is known, but which is nevertheless fully lived in the covenant. Here everything started. Fr Rijo’s house is just two kilometres away from this Shrine. Fr Thejus Peedikathundiyil also comes from this parish. There were some visitors from Paraguay who came for the ordination, and they were also very happy. Some of our fathers could refresh their Spanish talking with them. They found the church very alive and were astonished to see so many Catholics.
We thank all our friends and benefactors for your prayers and accompaniment. In this first phase, the new priests will do their ministry in their own Dioceses. Please accompany them in your prayers and join us in thanking God for this great gift.
Fr Joy Madathumpedy, Regional Superior