Archive for: September 2013

We are called to Evangelize

300 catechists ready to be certified

We have a mission as a community of faith
By Dr. Verónica Rayas
Religious Formation Director

 

This year, the Church will celebrate Catechetical Sunday on Sept. 15, and will focus on the theme “Open the Door of Faith.” Those whom the community has designated to serve as catechists will be called forth to be commissioned for their ministry. Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. Catechetical Sunday is also an opportunity for all to rededicate themselves to this mission as a community of faith. El Paso Diocese Religious Formation director Veronica Rayas said, “We have approximately 2600 catechists and assistants in the diocese.” Rayas noted “We want to reiterate to people in the parishes that we are all called to catechize and evangelize. Parents, grandparents, godparents, family members and neighbors all have a catechetical role to play in handing on the faith.” Catechist certification is scheduled Nov. 3, at St. Patrick Cathedral with Bishop Mark Seitz, she said. A revised certification program for catechists was initiated in the fall of 2011. A catechist completes 65 hours in Theology, Spirituality and Catechetical Skills to be eligible for certification. “Our program gives catechists a solid theological foundation and nurtures their spirituality as a to respond to the call to be a catechist and provides different methodologies

Open the door of Faith

Open the door of Faith

for how to catechize,” Rayas said. “Since the revised program we have about 300 catechists ready for certification this fall,” she said. “This is an exciting time for our diocese to have catechists who are qualified and prepared to hand on the faith in our parish programs. It is evident that these catechists are committed to the ministry and have a passion for catechesis. ” As part of the certification ceremony catechists will receive a certified catechist pin and credentials to show he or she has completed basic certification. “We take pride in knowing these catechists will be competent and confident in their catechetical ministry,” Rayas said. Parishes who are working towards having 100 percent of their catechists certified are St. Patrick Canutillo, Sts. Peter and Paul, St. Pius X, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Luke and St. Ignatius

Why do we celebrate Catechetical Sunday?

In 1935, the Vatican published On the Better Care and Promotion of Catechetical Education, a document that asks every country to acknowledge the importance of the Church’s teaching ministry and to honor those who serve the Christian community as catechists. For the first few years after Catechetical Sunday was established, national catechetical congresses were held in conjunction with the celebration. Beginning in 1971, the USCCB’s Department of Education began producing materials to help parishes celebrate the event at the local level. When the Committee on Catechesis, now named the Committee of Evangelization and Catechesis, was named by the Conference as a standing Committee, it continued to publish Catechetical Sunday materials each year. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has designated the third Sunday in September as Catechetical Sunday.

What Does the Word “Catechetical” Mean?

The word might be more familiar than you think. Many Catholics have used the word “catechism” for years, and they know it has something to do with the compendium of the Church’s teachings. The root word, “catechesis,” is from a Greek word meaning “to echo, or resound.” Catechesis is the act of resounding or bringing the Church’s teachings to the world. A catechist is one who teaches in the name of the Church. Why do we have a special day set aside to commission catechists? Catechesis is a distinct and special ministry in the Church. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church makes clear, “Catechesis is intimately bound up with the whole of the Church’s life . . . her inner growth and correspondence with God’s plan depend essentially on catechesis” (no. 7). This ministry of teaching in the name of the Church has a profound dignity, which is why catechists are formally commissioned by the Church. It is only fitting that we set aside a day to highlight this ministry and invite the entire church community to think about our responsibility to share our faith with others.

How are parents, the primary catechists of their children, recognized on Catechetical Sunday?

Parents are truly the primary catechists of their children. They prepare the soil and plant the first seeds of faith. On Catechetical Sunday, we not only highlight the work of catechists in parishes and schools, but we also commend parents and guardians and encourage them to take seriously their role of making their Catholic households a place where faith is passed on to the next generation. This is why the rite of blessing of catechists used on Catechetical Sunday includes an optional blessing of parents and guardians.

Source: USCCB

Nosotros tenemos una misión como comunidad de fe

Por la Dra. Verónica Rayas

Directora de Formación Religiosa

Este año, la Iglesia celebrará el 15 de septiembre, el Domingo Catequético y el tema será “Abran la Puerta de la Fe.” Aquellos a quienes la comunidad ha designado para servir como catequistas serán llamados para comisionarse en su ministerio. El Domingo Catequético es una oportunidad para reflexionar sobre el papel que cada persona tenemos, por virtud del Bautismo, para transmitir la fe y ser testigos del Evangelio. El Domingo Catequético es también una oportunidad para todos de re tomar nuestra misión como comunidad de fe. La directora del Ministerio de Formación Religiosa, Dra. Verónica Rayas dijo: “Tenemos aproximadamente 2,600 catequistas y asistentes en la diócesis.” La Dra. Rayas recalcó que “queremos reiterar a la gente de las parroquias que estamos llamados a catequizar y a evangelizar. Padres de familia, abuelos, padrinos, familiares y vecinos, todos tienen un papel catequético para pasar la fe más adelante.” La certificación de

Open the door of Faith

Open the door of Faith

catequistas está programada para el 3 de noviembre en la Catedral de San Patricio con el Obispo Mark Seitz, dijo ella. Un programa revisado para catequistas fue iniciado en el otoño del 2011. Un catequista concluye 65 horas de Teología, Espiritualidad y Habilidades Catequéticas para poder ser elegibles de certificación. “Nuestro programa proporciona a los catequistas con cimientos sólidos y alimenta su espiritualidad para responder al llamado de ser catequista y proporciona diversas metodologías sobre cómo catequizar,” dijo la Dra. Rayas. “Desde la revisión del programa tenemos cerca de 300 catequistas listos para su certificación en este otoño,” dijo. “Este es un momento de alegría para nuestra diócesis el tener catequistas que estén calificados y preparados (as) para transmitir la fe en nuestros programas parroquiales. Es evidente que estos catequistas están comprometidos al ministerio y tienen una pasión por la catequesis.” Como parte de la ceremonia de certificación los catequistas recibirán un broche de catequista certificado y credenciales para mostrar que la persona ha concluido su certificación básica. “Estamos orgullosos de saber que estos catequistas son competentes y confían en su ministerio catequético,” dijo la Dra. Rayas. La parroquias quienes están trabajando en tener el 100 por ciento de sus catequistas certificados son: San Patricio, Canutillo; San Pedro y San Pablo, San Pío X, Santo Tomás de Aquino, San Lucas y San Ignacio.

¿Porqué celebramos el Domingo Catequético?

En 1935, el Vaticano publicó En el Mejor Cuidado y Promoción de la Educación Catequética, un documento que pide a todos los países reconocer la importancia del ministerio de enseñanza de la Iglesia y para honrar a aquellos quienes sirven en sus comunidades como catequistas. Durante algunos años después de haber sido establecido el Domingo Catequético, los congresos catequéticos nacionales se llevaron a cabo en conjunto con la celebración. A inicios de 1971, el Departamento de Educación de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos comenzó a producir materiales para ayudar a celebrar el evento a nivel parroquial. Cuando el Comité en Catequesis, ahora conocido como Comité de Evangelización y Catequesis, fue nombrado por la Conferencia como Comité Permanente, siguió publicando materiales para el Domingo Catequético cada año. La Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos ha designado el tercer domingo de septiembre como Domingo Catequético.

¿Qué significa la palabra “Catequético”?

La palabra tiene más familiaridad de lo que usted se imagina. Muchos Católicos han utilizado la palabra “catecismo” por años, y saben que tiene relación con el compendio de las enseñanzas de la Iglesia. La raíz de la palabra “catequesis,” viene de la palabra en griego que significa “hacer eco o resonancia.” La catequesis es la acción de resonar o llevar las enseñanzas de la Iglesia a todo el mundo. Un catequista es alguien que enseña a otras personas en nombre de la Iglesia.

¿Porqué tenemos un día especial para comisionar a los catequistas?

La Catequesis es un ministerio distinto de la Iglesia. Como lo dice muy claro el Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica, “La Catequesis está íntimamente ligada con toda la vida de la Iglesia… con su crecimiento interno y la corresponsabilidad con el plan de Dios depende esencialmente de la catequesis” (no. 7). El ministerio de la enseñanza en nombre de la Iglesia tiene una profunda dignidad, por lo cual se comisiona formalmente a los catequistas por la Iglesia. Es muy apropiado que destinemos un día para enfatizar este ministerio e invitar a toda la comunidad de la Iglesia a hacer conciencia de nuestra responsabilidad de compartir la fe con otros.

¿Cómo se da reconocimiento a los padres de familia, quienes son los principales catequistas de sus hijos, el Domingo Catequético?

Los padres de familia son verdaderamente los principales catequistas de sus hijos. Ellos preparan el suelo y plantan las primeras semillas de la fe. El Domingo Catequético, no solamente enfatizamos en el trabajo de los catequistas en las parroquias y escuelas, pero también elogian a los padres de familia y tutores, y les animamos a tomar su papel muy en serio de hacer de sus hogares un lugar donde la fe sea transmitida a la siguiente generación. Es por eso que el rito de bendecir a los catequistas utilizado el Domingo Catequético incluye una bendición opcional sobre los padres de familia o tutores.

Fuente: USCCB

Hal Marcus Prints for sale to Benefit St.Patrick Cathedral

The Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso is selling signed prints and artist proofs of “Feliz Navidad,” a recent painting by local artist Hal Marcus. Proceeds from the sales of the prints will benefit the St. Patrick Cathedral Historic Preservation Fund. Signedprint prints are on sale for $65; signed artist proofs are $100; and, a pack of five postcards is $10. In 2012, the Foundation established the St. Patrick Cathedral Historic Preservation Fund. This fund will allow not only for the future care of the Cathedral for countless years, but also for the initiation of a major project to replaster and paint the Cathedral. To date, over $650,000 has been raised in gifts and pledges toward the $1 million goal for this fund. As the mother church of the Diocese of El Paso, the Foundation is encouraging Catholics from throughout the whole diocese to support this special effort- either through the purchase of a print or through a donation. Donors may choose to recognize their anniversary, baptism, First Holy Communion, Confirmation, or other special occasion with a gift to this special fund. Gifts and pledges of all sizes are welcome for the St. Patrick Cathedral Historic Preservation Fund. Tax-deductible donations can be made on a one-time basis or over a period of time. Donors can establish a Named Fund in honor or memory of family or sacrament with gifts or pledges of $10,000 or more over a five-year period. To purchase a print or make a gift to the fund, contact the Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso at (915)872-8412 or visit www.elpasodiocesefoundation.org for details.

Reunión con los Sacerdotes de El Paso

22 de agosto del 2013

       El día de ayer tuve mi primera reunión con el Presbiterio de El Paso. Para mi fue una reunión que esperaba con entusiasmo desde hace tiempo y que tuvo un gran significado para nuestra diócesis. Estuve muy complacido de ver

InSeitz By Bishop Mark J. Seitz

InSeitz
By Bishop Mark J. Seitz

presentes a un 90 por ciento de nuestros sacerdotes, diocesanos y religiosos. ¡Qué alegría ver reunido a este grupo de hombres tan dedicados, desde aquellos jóvenes que fueron ordenados hace solo un par de años hasta Monseñor William Ryan, nuestro mayor sacerdote, quien fue Ordenado desde 1948! Después de nuestro momento de oración mis primeras palabras fueron de agradecimiento por la cálida bienvenida a El Paso y por el ministerio que hacen día a día. Les aseguré que si alguna vez pudiera estar tentado a encumbrarme en mi nuevo puesto como su obispo todo lo que tengo que hacer es recordar que durante un año y medio la Diócesis funcionó, se celebraron sacramentos, se atendió a la gente, se pagaron facturas, … sin un obispo. Continué asegurándoles que tengo un gran respeto por su ministerio pues siempre he entendido a nivel personal el llamado al servicio como sacerdote parroquial. Esto es lo que he hecho principalmente durante muchos años, he tenido la oportunidad de servir como sacerdote hasta el momento que vine a El Paso. Amo, comprendo y respeto este ministerio. Les aseguré que no me estoy haciendo ilusiones. Sería imposible cumplir mi papel aquí sin ellos, ni lo quiero intentar. Cuanto más saludable y felices ellos estén tanto mejor podré llevar a cabo el cargo que he recibido del Señor. Algunas veces esto significará retos para ellos, pero la mayoría del tiempo significará apoyarlos y hacer todo lo que esté de mi parte para asegurarles un ministerio que sea fructífero y que ellos estén contentos. Mi puerta siempre estará abierta primero que nada para los sacerdotes. Yo haré todo lo que esté a mi alcance para apoyarlos en su vida y ministerio. Como muestra de esto, les compartí mi número de teléfono celular. Les aseguré que mi mayor preocupación, es su bienestar espiritual. Tenemos que ser más que nada discípulos y hombres de la Iglesia. En nuestra celebración de oración de la Liturgia encontramos el significado preciso de nuestro sacerdocio. A partir de estoCoat todo ministerio fluye. Si la gente con facilidad, por nuestra fe, nos relaciona con alguna plataforma de algún partido político es porque quizá no estamos haciendo algo muy bien. Uno de los elogios más grandes que me han dado en ministerio fue de que en una ocasión, en un lapso de solo algunas semanas cuando fui acusado de ser miembro tanto de los Comités Nacionales Republicano y Demócrata. Nuestra Fe trasciende ideologías partidistas. Creo que el Papa Francisco nos está indicando la forma de hacer esto. La región sigue siendo nueva para mi. Les aseguré que trataré arduamente de familiarizarme con ella, con su historia, geografía, con su gente y sus asuntos. Que esto tomará tiempo y que requiere de algo de paciencia. Pero se que tengo un gran tesoro de sabiduría y experiencia en los sacerdotes de la Diócesis. Necesito aprovechar toda oportunidad para escucharles y para recibir su guía. Con esto en mente nombré nuevamente a los vicarios, pro tem. Con el tiempo, tendremos un nuevo proceso para seleccionar a los vicarios. También he formado un Consejo de Personal el cual se reunirá la próxima semana por primera vez. Elegiremos y nombraremos un nuevo Consejo Presbiteral. Planeo nombrar consultores pronto. En el Consejo Presbiteral consideraremos algunas cosas, como la necesidad de un proceso de Planeación Pastoral para la Diócesis, examinaremos el pago y los beneficios de los sacerdotes, revisaremos políticas sacramentales entre otras, y las actualizaremos como sea necesario. El sacerdocio tuvo sus inicios en el grupo de presbíteros o ancianos quienes aconsejaban al obispo. Como tal, su preparación académica, su hermandad es un elemento esencial del ministerio presbiteral. Les dije que me gustaría ver que nosotros construyéramos esa hermandad. En un futuro, espero encontrar formas de acortar las distancias entre nosotros. Para lograr esto necesitamos más oportunidades de reuniones espirituales, de formación y reuniones sociales. En el tiempo limitado que tuvimos disponible traté una serie de asuntos, sabiendo que otros tendrán que esperar para otro día. Estos son algunos de los asuntos que les traté: Ambiente Seguro – Una de mis prioridades, les recordé, será la de fortalecer nuestro Programa de Ambiente Seguro. Hemos sufrido mucho en esta Diócesis por los efectos del abuso infantil. Quiero estar seguro de que estamos haciendo todo lo que está bajo nuestro poder para asegurarles a las personas que nuestras parroquias son lugares donde la gente se puede sentir segura y donde pueden ser educados acerca de esta aflicción de nuestra sociedad. Casitas – Esperamos de que las primeras Casitas San Mateo estén listas para septiembre. Veré al nuevo Consejo de Personal para tratar asuntos relacionados con la asignatura de las Casitas para los sacerdotes. Estamos también en el proceso de formar un consejo que vigile las políticas relacionadas a las Casitas, para su mantenimiento y otros asuntos. Vocaciones – Vocaciones será un gran tema para mi y para nuestra Diócesis. Necesitamos vocaciones de mujeres y hombres para toda forma de vida religiosa. Nuestra responsabilidad especial como Diócesis será la de llamar a hombres para un discernimiento de una vocación al sacerdocio diocesano. Estamos iniciando este año con 15 hombres en el seminario. Nueve de ellos están en Teología. Uno de ellos, Deacon Allan, será Ordenado este diciembre, con el favor de Dios. Les hice la petición a los sacerdotes de que necesitaremos su ayuda en este aspecto. Les dije que la mejor forma de promover las vocaciones es de que ellos sean sacerdotes felices, sacerdotes santos. Todos estos aspectos son importantes a corto plazo, pero estoy más convencido de que preparar a la gente para vivir profundamente en Matrimonios Cristianos y a formar familias vitales abiertas a la vida es absolutamente esencial. Dentro de este contexto la gente joven preguntará naturalmente cuál podría ser la voluntad de Dios para sus vidas y estar dispuestos a una entrega con generosidad. Finanzas – Gracias en gran parte al trabajo de nuestros sacerdotes con los laicos de la Diócesis todo se ve muy bien en el aspecto financiero. Actualmente estamos en saldo negro. Sin embargo, durante el interregno algo se perdió en cuanto a la Campaña de Progreso. Actualmente hay varios miles en promesas atrasadas. Les pedí considerar si hay algo que ellos puedan hacer, especialmente si sus parroquias no han llegado a la meta, de animar más a las personas a que apoyen las diversas obras esenciales de la Diócesis. Concluimos la junta con los comentarios, con preguntas y una comida. Partí de esta reunión muy animado y orgulloso por tener la oportunidad de trabajar con este gran grupo de hombres tan dedicados al servicio del Señor en la Iglesia.

Meeting with El Paso Priests

August 22, 2013

        Yesterday I had my first meeting with the Presbyterate of El Paso. For me it was a long anticipated meeting and one which held great significance for our diocese. I was delighted to see that over 90% of our priests, diocesan and religious,

InSeitz By Bishop Mark J. Seitz

InSeitz
By Bishop Mark J. Seitz

were present. What a joy to see gathered this group of dedicated men who ranged from those young men only ordained a couple of years to Msgr. William Ryan, our most senior priest, who has been Ordained since 1948! After our time of prayer my first words to them were to thank them for the warmth of their welcome to El Paso and for the ministry they do from day to day. I assured them that if I ever might be tempted to get a big head in my new role as their bishop all I have to do is to remember that for a year and a half the Diocese kept running, sacraments were celebrated, people were served, bills were paid,….without a bishop. I went on to assure them that I have a great respect for their ministry because I have always understood myself as being called to service as a parish priest. That is primarily what I have done in the many years I have had the opportunity to serve as a priest right up to the time I came to El Paso. I love, understand and respect this ministry. I assured them that I am under no illusions. It would be impossible to fulfill my role here without them, nor would I want to try. The healthier and happier they are the better I will carry out the charge I have received from the Lord. Sometimes that may mean challenging them, but most of the time it will mean supporting them and doing all I can to assure that their ministry is fruitful and they are happy. My door will always be open first and foremost to the priests. I will do anything in my power to support them in their life and ministry. As a sign of this I shared my personal cell phone number. My biggest concern, I assured them, is their spiritual wellbeing. We need to be first and foremost disciples and men of the Church. In our prayerful celebration of the Liturgy we find the very meaning of our priesthood. From this all other ministry flows. If people can easily peg us by our faithfulness to a party platform we are probably not getting it right. One of the biggest complements I was ever given in ministry was one time within a matter of weeks when I was accused of being a member of both the Republican and the Democratic National Committees. Our Faith transcends party ideologies. I think Pope Francis is showing us how to do this. This region remains so very new to me. I assured them I will be working veryCoat hard to become familiar with it, its history, geography, its people, its issues. That will take time and will require some patience. But I know that I have a great treasure of wisdom and experience in the priests of the Diocese. I will need to take every opportunity to hear them and to receive their guidance. With this in mind I reappointed the Vicars, pro tem. We may in time have a new process for selecting Vicars. I have also formed a Personnel Board which will be meeting next week for the first time. We will elect and appoint a new Presbyteral Council. I plan to appoint Consultors soon. On the Presbyteral Council we will consider such things as the need for a Pastoral Planning process for the Diocese, we will examine pay and benefits of priests, we will review sacramental and other policies and update them where needed. The priesthood had its beginning in the group of presbyters or elders who advised the bishop. As such, their collegiality, their brotherhood is an essential element of the presbyteral ministry. I told them I would like to see us build that brotherhood. We will look for ways we can break down the distances between us. To do this we will need more opportunities for spiritual, formational and social gatherings. In the limited time available I addressed a number of issues, knowing that others would have to wait for another day. Here are a few issues I addressed: Safe Environment – One of my priorities, I reminded them, will be to strengthen our Safe Environment Program. We have suffered a great deal in this Diocese from the effects of child abuse. I want to make sure we are doing everything in our power to assure that our parishes are places where people can feel safe and where they can be educated about this scourge on our society. Casitas – We are hoping that the first Casitas San Mateo will be ready sometime in September. I will be looking to the new Personnel Board to deal with issues relating to the assignment of priests to the Casitas. We are also in the process of forming a board that will oversee policies relating to the casitas, to their maintenance and other issues. Vocations – Vocations will be a big theme for me and for our Diocese. We need vocations of women and men to all forms of religious life. Our special responsibility as a Diocese will be to call forward men who will discern a vocation to the diocesan priesthood. We are beginning this year with 15 men in the seminary. 9 of them are in Theology. One, Deacon Allan, will be Ordained this December, God willing. I appealed to the priests that I would need your help on this. I told them that the best way they can promote vocations is to themselves be happy, holy priests. All of these aspects are important in the short term, but I am more convinced than ever that preparing people to live deeply Christian Marriages and to form vital families open to life is absolutely essential. Within this context young people will naturally ask what God’s will might be for their lives and be disposed to give themselves with generosity. Financial – Thanks in large measure to work of our priests with the laity the Diocese is plugging along pretty well on the financial front. At the present we are in the black. However, during the interregnum some momentum may have been lost in regard to the annual Progress appeal. It is presently several hundred thousand behind in pledges. I asked them to consider whether there is anything they can do, especially if their parish hasn’t yet made its goal, to encourage more people to pledge and to support the many essential works of the Diocese. We concluded the meeting with the comments, questions and lunch. I departed the meeting very encouraged and proud to have the opportunity to work with this great group of men so dedicated to the service of the Lord in the Church.

St. Charles Borromeo Seminary receives two new young men

St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, the seminary for Diocese of El Paso, joyfully opened its doors on Sunday, August 18 forfrmiguel another promising formation year to prepare two new young men to the priesthood. They are Andres Lopez who is 24 years old, from a family of five children, pursues a degree in education at UTEP, and is from St. Mark’s church; and Cesar Garcia who is 18 years old, only child, just graduated from Chapin High School and is from Our Lady of Assumption church. Andres and Cesar are well loved and greatly appreciated by their respective parish communities because they have seen them progressively grow in their personal relationship with God and in their genuine, on-going desire to serve. For many years, both have generously and actively shared their gifts and talents for the good of their community through a long list of ministries, such as music ministry, youth ministry, confirmation catechist, altar server, retreat presenter, and others. Seminarian Peter Venegas, already in seminary formation at St. Charles, excitedly welcomed Andres Lopez and Cesar Garcia as his new diocesan brother seminarians. The three seminarians, who in a generosity of spirit have responded to the call of Christ to serve the People of God, will journey together invested in the formation program designed to help them mature as persons committed to Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, and to his church. At St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, seminarians Peter, Andres and Cesar participate in the formation program which consists of four essential components: Spiritual Formation, Human Formation, Intellectual Formation, and Pastoral Formation. For them, a typical day in the seminary will include: morning prayer, Mass, university classes, exercise, evening prayer, community meals, holy rosary, social time, and night prayer. On a weekly basis, they will be engaged in parish ministry and throughout the year they will visit their spiritual director and meet with their formator every two weeks, as well as participate in days of recollection. Let us pray for Seminarians Peter, Andres, Cesar at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and all our seminarians in Assumption Seminary at San Antonio, Texas, St. Mary’s Seminary at Houston, Texas, Conception College Seminary at Missouri and Mundelein Seminary at Chicago, Illinois. May this new formation year be filled with abundance of fruits.

Seminarians Andrés López, Cesar García and Peter Venegas

Seminarians Andrés López, Cesar García and Peter Venegas

If you are wondering what to do with your life, if you feel you want to do something really great with it, if you don’t want to fall into a conventional, self-centered existence, if you want to help other people in the deepest way possible, where they most need help, then think about the service of the Gospel in the priesthood. If you become a priest, you will never be rich, you will have to give up the love of a spouse for the love of everyone you meet; you will have to give up your family commitments; you will often be on the move; you will never have a mortgage; you will be under obedience to the leader of the Church just as Jesus was obedient to the will of the Father. But if you are faithful to the ideal of priesthood, you will have the deep happiness which Jesus gives to those who are His friends. One last thing: you don’t have to be perfect to think of being a priest. Jesus chooses ordinary people, not moral heroes. You just have to want to serve Him; He will give you the rest in due course. by Archbishop Maurice Couve de Murville

We are Called Knights of Columbus

Knights

I came from a very Catholic family, and I believe my vocation to the priesthood started at home. I grew-up on the farm, and that is the reason I love nature. I am the youngest in the family and have three sisters. My parents are farm workers, I used to work on the farm too! After finishing high school, through the influence of some priests and seminarians, I decided to enter the seminary. What attracted me to do so, was the fact that a priest is a servant of God, who is willing to sacrifice his life for others in the name of love. My seminary training is helping me a lot in terms of growth and development. It is in the seminary that I learn to value relationships and to be more independent. I am the youngest in the family, so I grew-up being very dependent on my parents, but when I was in the seminary in my country,

Philippines, I learned how to wash my clothes using my bare hands, also learned to work with different personalities and communities outside the seminary. I have learned to value life and God.

Glen

Please pray for Glen and for more vocations in the Diocese of El Paso

 

Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Novices

Two women who served in the Diocese of El Paso during the past two years are now Sister Andrea Koverman and Sister Tracy Kemme. On June 26, 2013 they were received into the canonical novitiate of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati during a vespers service in the congregational Motherhouse. Sister Andrea, originally from Dayton, Ohio taught fourth grade and was assistant principal at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic School. Sister Tracy, originally from Cincinnati, served with the St. Vincent de Paul Society at

Sister Andrea Koverman and Sister Tracy Kemme

Sister Andrea Koverman and Sister Tracy Kemme

Sacred Heart Parish in downtown El Paso. She also served as the emcee at the Reverence for Life Rally for the diocese. The Sisters of Charity have established their house of initial formation, a time of discernment called Affiliation, in La Union, NM near El Paso. Women seeking to understand God’s call and to experience day-to-day life in community live with the Sisters while they serve in ministries at the border. In addition to their individual ministries, the members of the community also direct a center for children with special needs in Anapra, a colonia on the outskirts of Cd. Juarez, Proyecto Santo Niño. “We believe that it is important to give young women an experience of religious life at the margins of society, to have the opportunity to offer direct service and advocacy for persons in need, early in the discernment process,” said Sister Janet who serves as director of the Affiliate program. “Sisters Andrea and Tracy take with them into this year of deep reflection, prayer and study, their experiences of encountering Christ on both sides of the border.” After completing two years of novitiate, si Dios quiere (God willing), they will profess vows as Sisters of Charity. Sister Tracy writes a blog about the process of becoming a Sister: sisterintraining.blogspot.com