“A Catholic priest is not, however, Christ simply present in the man, which is a privilege of all Christians: he is Christ acting in the man, accomplishing a divine work of redemption; he is Jesus Christ speaking, Jesus Christ sacrificing, Jesus Christ forgiving, Jesus Christ saving everywhere, in the pulpit and in the altar… filled with His dignity and His authority! Sacerdos alter Christus…” (Blessed John Baptist Scalabrini, 1892).
In these first months of 2017, we welcomed several new Scalabrinian missionary priests. Seven religious from the Theology of Bogotá were ordained to the priesthood. There were three ordinations in Indonesia: Emanuel Logo Like was ordained on January 20, Gregorius Primus Ama Maia (destined to our province) and Yosef Albertman Sadipun were both ordained on January 27. José Percy Cervera Araujo was ordained on February 4 in Perú. And three new priests were ordained in Haiti on February 25: Ernest Celestin, Félière Louis and James-son Mercure. In addition, another missionary destined to our province, Julián Zapata Betancur, was ordained on January 28, in Donmatias, Colombia.
We welcome two new priests to our Province: Fr. Gregorius Primus Ama Maia, c.s. and Fr. Julian Zapata Betancur, c.s.
Arcugnano (Vicenza – Italia) 20/04/1941 Lanham (Maryland – USA) 19/03/2017
Fr. Secondo Casarotto passed away on March 19, 2017, at the Doctors Community Hospital of Lanham (Maryland – USA). Our sentiments to the sister of Fr. Secondo, Sr. Maria Teresa Casarotto, who is a religious nun in Italy.
His funeral will take place at Our Lady of Pompei Church in New York this Friday, March 24, 2017 at 10:00 am and he will join our deceased confreres at Calvary Cemetery, NY.
We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the confreres who have visited and given support to Fr. Secondo while he was in the hospital. May our merciful Father welcome Fr. Secondo in his Kingdom. Let us offer our prayers for him.
Fr. Juan Manuel Lopez Garcia was ordained priest on April 16, 2016 at Parish San José de San Julián, Jalisco, México. The 1st Mass was celebrated at Señor de la Misericordia, on April 17, 2016. We welcome Fr. Juan Manuel to our Province and keep him and his ministry in our prayers!
Fr. Felimón Rodríguez Sixtos, c.s. was ordained to the priesthood on February 6, 2016 in the Parish of San Jerónimo in Irámuco, Guanajuato, Mexico. Felimón was born in the same state of México in a family of six children. He has lived the experience of migration very closely because he migrated to the United States. Fr. Felimón has been assigned to Province St Charles Borromeo. We thank God for the great blessing that he gives us each day. Congratulation and blessings to Fr. Felimón and his family.
Ordenación Sacerdotal de Felimón Rodríguez Sixtos
Padre Felimón Rodríguez Sixtos, c.s. fue ordenado sacerdote el día 6 de Febrero de 2016 en la Parroquia de San Jerónimo de Irámuco, Guanajuato, México. Felimón nació y creció en Irámuco, Gto., México en una familia tradicionalmente mexicana. Vivió de cerca la experiencia de la migración porque él mismo tuvo que emigrar hacia los Estados Unidos, al estado de Chicago. P. Felimón ha sido asignado a la Provincia San Carlos Borromeo y por esto damos gracias a Dios por las bendiciones que nos brinda todos los días. Muchas felicidades y bendiciones al P. Felimón y a toda su familia.