Sao Paulo, Brazil (Monday, 05/04/2015, Gaudium Press) On Saturday, April 25, on the eve of Good Shepherd Sunday and coinciding with the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, the Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right, Virgo Flos Carmeli, was privileged with the ordination of twelve new priests into its ranks.
The ordination was presided by His Excellency Archbishop Giovanni d’Aniello, apostolic nuncio in Brazil.
The ceremony took place in the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, located in Caieiras, Sao Paulo, which is a minor basilica affiliated to the Papal Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome.
Along with the Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Giovanni D’Aniello, also in attendance was the local bishop, Sergio Aparecido Colombo, Bishop of Bragança Paulista, Monsignor John Clá Dias, founder and general president of the Heralds of the Gospel and 70 priests. Civil authorities, relatives, friends and religious bri=others nad sisters filled up the church.
The Sacrament of Orders, which makes the recipients to become participants of the one true priesthood of Our Lord Jesus Christ and transforms them in stewards of God’s grace, was given to the following deacons: Asessandro Cavalcante Scherma Schurig, Cristian Bittencourt Lopes de Melo, Fabio Hideki Kobayashi, Hugo Vicente Ochipinti Gonzales, Inácio de Araújo Almeida, Iñigo Abbad Luengo, João Carlos Fidelis de Moura, Stephen Joaquim Fernandes, José Bernardo Jaramillo Flores, Manuel Amilcar Ramos Veiga, Paulo Henrique Veloso Ferreira da Silva, Sebastião Alves dos Santos.
Archbishop d’Aniello in his homily stressed the importance of acting in “in persona Christi capitis” as it is through his ministers that Christ forgives sins in the sacrament of confession, operates the transubstantiation in the sacrament of the Eucharistic and breaks the bread of the Word of God to all faithful. Using a beautiful metaphor, the Gothic arch, the Nuncio said that the priest is the link between two realities: the human to the Divine.
From the Editor’s desk at Gaudium Press