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Tepeyac pilgrims give thanks at Guadalupe Basilica

Special to the Rio Grande Catholic

Tepeyac Institute celebrated its 25th anniversary with a special Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City April 25.

Approximately 150 pilgrims from the Diocese of El Paso participated in the anniversary celebration.

Bishop Mark J. Seitz presided at the Mass in the basilica.

Summer institute offers 30 courses in adult religious formation

The celebration was historic, because Tepeyac Institute was born inside the basilica, said Msgr. Arturo Bañuelas, founding director of Tepeyac Institute.

In a report describing the pilgrimage for members of St. Pius X Parish, Msgr. Bañuelas said, “During a retreat in the basilica after I returned from my studies in Rome, the insight was born to start an institute to form lay leaders to take their rightful role in the life and mission of the church.” When he returned, he said, Bishop Raymundo Peña “approved of the idea and we started working on building an institute”.

The name Tepeyac “comes from the top of the mountain where Our Blessed Mother gave Juan Diego the roses and told him to be the evangellizer in the Americas. Since then Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego have been the patroness and patron of our diocesan Tepeyac Institute,” he explained.

“We returned to Tepeyac 25 years later to give thanks to the Blessed Mother and to ask for continued blessings.”

For the past 25 years, Msgr. Bañuelas noted, “more than 20,000 persons have participated in Tepeyac formation programs. It is still the largest bilingual lay ministry formation center in the United States. The institute has a large national and international faculty from some of the leading Catholic universities in the nation.”

Augustinian Father Bob Dueweke is now the director of the institute.

This year’s Summer Institute, with 30 courses in religious formation, will mark the beginning of the institute’s 26th year.

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El Paso Bishop Mark J. Seitz and the staff of the El Paso Diocese’s Tepeyac Institute , joined by students and alumni, gathered outside of the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, where they participated in a Mass of Thanksgiving to mark the 25th anniversary of the Institute. More than 20,000 people have received instruction at the institute since its founding.

 

 

 

 

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Bishop Seitz distributes communion during the Mass in the Basilica.

 

 

 

 

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Carrying a banner proclaiming their pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, staff, students and alumni of El Paso Diocese’s Tepeyac Institute form a procession on the streets of Mexico City April 25 as they proceed to the basilica where El Paso Bishop Mark J. Seitz presided at a Mass of thanksgiving for the 25 years of service the institute has given to the diocese and asking for blessings on the institute in the years ahead. Approximately 150 people from the Diocese of El Paso took part in the pilgrimage. Photo courtesy of Tepeyac Institute

Peregrinos de Tepeyac dan gracias en la Basílica de Guadalupe

Especial para Río Grande Catholic

Traducción por Anita Marta

El Instituto Tepeyac celebró su 25to. aniversario con una Misa especial en la Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe en Ciudad de México el 25 de abril.

Aproximadamente 150 peregrinos de la Diócesis de El Paso participaron en la celebración del aniversario.

El Obispo Mark J. Seitz ofició la Misa en la basílica.

El Instituto de Verano ofrecerá 30 cursos para la formación religiosa de adultos

 

La celebración fue histórica, porque el Instituto Tepeyac nació dentro de la basílica, dijo Monseñor Arturo Bañuelas, director fundador del Instituto Tepeyac.

En un reporte que describe el peregrinaje para los feligreses de la Parroquia de San Pío X, Monseñor Arturo Bañuelas dijo: “Durante un retiro en la basílica después de haber regresado de mis estudios en Roma, nació la idea de iniciar un instituto para formar líderes laicos para que tomaran su legítimo papel en la vida y misión de la Iglesia.”

Cuando él regresó, dijo que el Obispo Raymundo Peña “aprobó la idea e iniciamos el trabajo de construir un instituto.”

El nombre de Tepeyac “proviene del cerro donde Nuestra Santa Madre le dio a Juan Diego las rosas y le dijo ser la evangelizadora de las Américas. Desde entonces Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe y San Juan Diego han sido los santos patronos de nuestro Instituto Tepeyac,” explicó.

“Regresamos a Tepeyac 25 años después para dar gracias a Nuestra Santa Madre y pedirle que siga bendiciéndonos.”

Durante los pasados 25 años, recalcó Monseñor Bañuelas, “más de 20,000 personas han participado de la formación de los programas de Tepeyac. Es aun el centro de ministerio de formación laica bilingüe más grande en Estados Unidos. El instituto cuenta con una amplia docencia a nivel nacional e internacional que vienen de prominentes universidades Católicas de la nación.”

El Padre Agustino Bob Dueweke es ahora el director del instituto. Este año el Instituto de Verano ofrecerá 30 cursos en formación religiosa, y marcará el inicio del año 26 del instituto.

 

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El Paso Bishop Mark J. Seitz and the staff of the El Paso Diocese’s Tepeyac Institute , joined by students and alumni, gathered outside of the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, where they participated in a Mass of Thanksgiving to mark the 25th anniversary of the Institute. More than 20,000 people have received instruction at the institute since its founding.

 

 

 

 

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Bishop Seitz distributes communion during the Mass in the Basilica.

 

 

 

 

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Carrying a banner proclaiming their pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, staff, students and alumni of El Paso Diocese’s Tepeyac Institute form a procession on the streets of Mexico City April 25 as they proceed to the basilica where El Paso Bishop Mark J. Seitz presided at a Mass of thanksgiving for the 25 years of service the institute has given to the diocese and asking for blessings on the institute in the years ahead. Approximately 150 people from the Diocese of El Paso took part in the pilgrimage. Photo courtesy of Tepeyac Institute

‘Be the Sacrament in the World’ theme for 2014 Summer Institute

”Be the Sacrament in the World” is the theme for this year’s Tepeyac Summer Insitute.

Tepeyac Institute offers courses in theology, scripture, social justice, and spirituality with local and visiting international faculty from major Catholic universities.

The courses offered this summer are designed to, foster spiritual growth, update theology and religious formation, assist students in gaining pastoral skills, help participants meet other ministers throughout the diocese, and serve for re-certification, Augustinian Father Bob Dueweke, Tepeyac director, said. Some classes will be eligible for renewal purposes.

The list of presenters and courses offered this summer is:

June 9-12.

10 a.m. – noon

  • David LaBuda, MM, MA, El Desafio del Papa Fancisco, “Vivir el Evangelio con alegre.”
  • Marco Raposo MA, Eucaristaa: Un llamado a ser presencia real en el mundo.
  • Father Jerry Persha, PhD,STD, Mariology: Reflections on Mary the Mother of God in the Scriptures of the New Testament and in the Tradition of the Church .
  • Rosa Guerrero MA Praise the Lord with dance. Psalm 14Z Manny Barrios, LBSW, MPS, – Be the sacrament you celebrate

June 9-12

p.m.- 9 p.m.

  • Manny Barrios LBSW, MPS, Se el sacramento que celebras
  • Margarita Armendariz MA, ”Maria, La Estrella del nueva evangelizacion”
  • Padre Jose Moreno de La Helguera, “El Evangelio de Jesus para el mundo de ho,” baja la inspiracion del Papa Francisco
  • Jack Mooney- Prayer and the Divinity of Everyday Life
  • Marco Raposo M.A., Eucharist: A call to become a real presence in the world
  • David LaBuda MM, MA, Pope Francis challenge: ”Living the Gospel with Joy”
  • Dr. Jean Soto – St. Kateri Tekakwitha: Native American Mystic for our Times

June 16-19

10 a.m. -noon

  • Msgr. Arturo Baauelas, STD , Models of church: from Jesus to Pope Francis
  • Louise Rauseo, RN, MS – Challenge for Family Systems: Life at the Border
  • Father Bob Mosher SSC, PhD, – Introduction to Eclesiology
  • Lic. Marycarmen Lopez ,Taller de Duelo: Del Vacio a la Esperanza
  • Padre Miguel Angel Serrano, “Revelacion y revelaciones”
  • Hna. Enedina Juarez, Escudrilando al Papa Francisco
  • Dr Patricia J. Hughes, ”The celebration of Sunday: Why we do what we do, and how to do it”

June 16-19

7 p.m.-9 pm

  • Dr. Harry Fledderman, The Psalms Padre Miguel Angel Serrano, Apocalipsis: Esperanza o terror?
  • Hna. Enedina Juarez – Escudrinando al Papa Francisco
  • Padre Bob Mosher SSC, PhD, Introduccion a la eclesiologaa
  • Father Tony Celino, STB, MDiv, JCL, Divorce and Remarriage in the Catholic Church
  • Father Bob Dueweke,OSA, PhD, Christian Beliefs on Life after Death: New themes in Eschatology
  • Margarita Armendariz MA, Mary, Star of the New Evagelization

Saturdays

June 14

  • Ana Castorena, Encontrar el Yo en el Otrob las relaciones del Cristiano en el mundo actual
  • Rosa Guerero , Alabando al Señor con Alabanza -Salmo 149
  • Jack Mooney, Prayer and the Divinity of Everyday Life
  • Dr. Tom Ryan, Reading the Bible with the Saints
  • Dr.Ibrahim Sumer, Introduction to Islam
  • Sister Gael Gensler, OSF – RCIA Foundational Principles and Team Formation

June 21

  • Louise Rauseo RN, MS, Desafio al sIstema Familia – Vida en la frontera
  • Margarita Armendariz M.A., Sueños Parabolas del Alma
  • Margarita Armendariz M.A., Dreams-Parables of the Soul
  • Elba Stell, Brain Friendly Teaching
  • Hna. Enedina Juarez, Mi itinerario Espiritual (entre luces y sombras)
  • Padre Miguel Angel Serrano, Retiro para despedir agradecidos a nuestros seres queridos
  • Dr. Neomi De Anda and Michael De Anda MA, Gaming at the table of God
  • Dr. Veronica Rayas, The Definitive Aim of Catechesis: Communion and Intimacy with Jesus Christ

Ministry needs growing as Hispanics becoming majority in U.S. Church

Catholic News Service

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. —- Training of pastoral leaders and provision of most other resources for Hispanic ministry aren’t keeping up with the fast-approaching time when Hispanics will make up the majority of Catholics in the United States, according to a new report.

“Hispanic Catholics have reached critical mass in the church,” said Hosffman Ospino, lead author of the National Study of Catholic Parishes with Hispanic Ministry. He said 55 percent of all U.S. Catholics under the age of 30 are Hispanic and Hispanics account for 71 percent of the growth in the U.S. Catholic population since 1960.

“Ignoring the growth of Hispanic Catholics in the United States would be self-defeating for our churches and schools,” he added.

Ospino, assistant professor of theology and ministry at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, presented his findings from the first major survey of how parishes are handling the rapid demographic shift on May 5 at the college.

Hispanics currently account for about 40 percent of all U.S. Catholics and their share of the population is continuing to increase. Nationwide, 4,358 parishes — almost one-quarter of the U.S. total — were identified as having some sort of organized ministry to Hispanics.

The study cited many signs of vitality in parish Hispanic ministry — including youth, a strong permanent diaconate system and thriving apostolic movements. But other areas require urgent attention, it said. Among the “urgent dynamics” of parish Hispanic ministry that are in need of attention, it listed: disproportionately limited financial and human resources, a “disquieting gap” in Hispanic enrollment in Catholic schools, and a cohort of pastoral leaders who are approaching retirement age with too few people in training to replace them.

‘Go Out to All the World’

“When they found him, they said to him, ‘Everyone is searching for you.’ He answered, ‘Let us go one to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.’” (Mk. 1:37- 38)

Jesus took the same approach with his disciples when he sent them out, instructing them to travel lightly so they could be free to bring his word wherever they were needed. In my life moving to different assignments was always a challenge,

InSeitz By Bishop Mark J. Seitz

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By Bishop Mark J. Seitz

because as a priest I came to feel very much a part of the community I served. On the other hand I also found this movement to be a very rich time in my own understanding of my calling and my commitment to it. Jesus calls the rich young man to lay aside his other attachments and concerns and to “Come and follow me.” This is a call that echoes through the ages and continues among us today. Priests are called to be radically committed disciples of Jesus Christ who reflect his way of life and ministry.

By the time you read this a number of new assignments for priests in our Diocese will have been announced. If your pastor is among those moving am sure this will be painful for you who have come to know and love your pastor over a number of years. In this Diocese many priests have been left in their parishes for a long time and so when they are moved it can seem almost like a punishment. Some will conclude it is simply change for the sake of change.

I can assure you that the regular movement of priests within a diocese is neither a punishment nor is it simply for the sake of change. This is a normal part of priestly ministry. Like the first disciples we do not claim a specific place as our own. Diocesan priests are ordained for the service of a particular diocese, not for a particular parish. We each bring certain gifts and talents. We also have very human shortcomings. Some priests are very effective with the youth, others with the elderly. Some are more effective with one culture or language group than another. Regular movement allows for those gifts and talents to be shared more broadly and for the weaknesses only to be experienced for a time by the community.

When a priest is in one place for too long a time, since he is a key sign of Christ within the community, the people can overly identify Christ with the individual priest. No one priest can represent Christ in his fullness. Each Christian community is a special locus of Christ. It is not healthy for it to be seen simply as “Father Jones’ Parish”. It needs to be identified as the “Parish of St. ________, served by Father. Jones”. When Father Jones moves to another parish the community retains its identity and its mission.

I am not attempting to do this work of giving priests new assignments on my own. I have formed a personnel board made up of well-respected priests of the diocese. They are: Msgr. David Fierro, FatherCoat John Telles, Father Frank Lopez, Father Saul Pacheco, Father Joe Molina and Father Tony Celino. I am working with them to find the best ways to fill the needs that lie before us. And we are praying earnestly to the Holy Spirit for guidance. At least for the short term we are also seeking priests from other places who may be able to assist us. Our need for vocations coming from our own communities for the future is great.

As I asked you when I wrote on this issue last Fall I would once again ask you to do your best to make a challenging moment in our priests’ lives as smooth as possible. Encourage your priests who are being asked to take a new assignment. Assure them of your support and your love. Don’t make them explain over and over why they are being faithful to their calling. When your new pastor arrives go out of your way to show him the same hospitality you showed me upon my arrival in El Paso. It made what was a challenging time in my life, leaving the place I had been for more than 40 years, into a real joy and a time of growth for me.

On a related topic I have invited the Fraternity of St. Peter, a community of priests dedicated to preserving the liturgy as it was celebrated prior to the renewal that came with the Second Vatican Council, to come to our Diocese and to serve the parish of Immaculate Conception in downtown El Paso. The Holy See has told bishops around the world that where a stable community attached to the Tridentine form of the Liturgy exists we have a responsibility to assure that this group has the opportunity to celebrate the sacraments in this way.

We do have a significant group here seeking this option. At the same time it was becoming more and more difficult to provide a priest to serve the parish of Immaculate Conception. Bringing in priests from the Fraternity of St. Peter allows us to continue to serve Immaculate Conception and to meet the needs of those in this Diocese who are requesting the Liturgy according to the Extraordinary Form.

The Fraternity is not a group that denies the legitimacy of the Second Vatican Council or criticizes the proper celebration of the Liturgy as it has been renewed. They simply prefer the former ways and find in them a path to a closer relationship with God. They have agreed to allow the Noon weekday Mass at Immaculate Conception to continue in the vernacular according to the Novus Ordo with priests the Diocese will send. In this way we will be able to continue to serve the local business community as we have in the past.

We welcome the coming of the Fraternity of St. Peter and wish them every blessing in our midst. May God’s Holy Spirit guide us all to make these changes a source of much fruit in our midst. May we be known by the love we have for one another. Bishop Mark

‘¡Vayan a Todo el Mundo!’

“Cuando lo encontraron, le dijeron: ‘Todos te buscamos.’ Él les contestó: ‘Sigamos más allá y vamos a los pueblecitos vecinos, y yo predicaré también allí. He salido para esto precisamente.’” (Mc. 1,37-38).

Jesús tomó el mismo enfoque con sus discípulos cuando los envió, instruyéndoles a viajar llevando pocas cosas consigo para que pudieran llevar su palabra a donde fuera necesario. En mi vida de movimiento a diferentes asignaturas siempre ha

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sido un reto, porque como sacerdote llegué a sentirme mucho como parte de la comunidad a la cual serví. Por otro lado, también encontré que estos cambios fueron un momento para enriquecer mi propio entendimiento de mi llamado y de mi compromiso con éste. Jesús le pide al joven rico que deje atrás otras ataduras y preocupaciones “Para que vengas y me sigas.” Este llamado que hace eco a través del tiempo lo seguimos escuchando entre nosotros hoy en día. Los sacerdotes están llamados a ser discípulos radicalmente comprometidos con Jesucristo quien refleja este modo de vida y de ministerio.

Para cuando ustedes lean esta carta ya se habrán anunciado una serie de asignaturas en nuestra Diócesis. Si su pastor está entre aquellos quienes están cambiándose a otra parroquia estoy seguro que será doloroso para ustedes quienes han conocido y que han llegado a encariñarse con él a través de los años. En esta Diócesis muchos sacerdotes han estado en sus parroquias por mucho tiempo, de modo que cuando se les asigna otra parroquia parece como su fuera un castigo. Es sencillamente un cambio para bien.

Yo les aseguro que el movimiento regular de sacerdotes dentro de una diócesis no es ni un castigo ni tampoco es solo por hacer el cambio. Esta es una parte normal del ministerio sacerdotal. Al igual que los primeros discípulos, nosotros no reclamamos un lugar específico como propio. Los Sacerdotes Diocesanos son Ordenados para el servicio de una diócesis en particular, mas no para una parroquia en especial. Cada uno lleva ciertos dones y talentos. También como humanos tenemos defectos. Algunos sacerdotes son muy eficientes con los grupos de jóvenes, otros con los ancianos. Algunos son más eficientes con un grupo cultural o lenguaje que otros. El movimiento regular permite que esos dones y talentos se compartan más ampliamente y que las debilidades solo sean pasajeras para la comunidad.

Cuando un sacerdote pasa mucho tiempo en un lugar, y ya que es la señal clave de Cristo entre la comunidad, la gente puede identificar a Cristo demasiado en su sacerdote. Ningún sacerdote puede representar a Cristo en su plenitud. Cada comunidad Cristiana es un lugar especial para Cristo. No es saludable que se vea simplemente como “La Parroquia del Padre Jones.” Necesita ser identificada como la “Parroquia de San________, atendida por el Padre Jones”. De modo que cuando al Padre Jones lo cambien a otra parroquia la comunidad retiene su identidad y su misión.

No es mi intención hacer este trabajo de nuevas asignaturas por mi mismo. He formado un consejo de personal compuesto por sacerdotes muy respetables de la diócesis. Ellos son: Monseñor David FierroCoat, Padre John Telles, Padre Frank López, Padre Saúl Pacheco, Padre Joe Molina y el Padre Tony Celino. Estoy trabajando con ellos para encontrar las mejores formas de cubrir las necesidades que surgen ante nosotros. Y estamos orando seriamente al Espíritu Santo para que sea nuestra guía. Al menos por un corto tiempo también estamos buscando sacerdotes de otros lugares que puedan asistirnos. Las vocaciones que vienen de nuestras propias comunidades para el futuro son muy prometedoras.

Tal como les pedí en el otoño cuando escribí acerca de este tema, nuevamente les pido que hagan todo lo posible por hacer este momento de transición en las vidas de nuestros sacerdotes lo más sencillo posible. Animen a sus sacerdotes a quienes se les ha pedido tomar una nueva asignatura. Asegúrenles su apoyo y su amor. No les hagan explicar una y otra vez el porqué deben ser fieles a su llamado. Cuando un nuevo pastor llegue a su comunidad hagan lo mejor que puedan para manifestarle la misma hospitalidad que me demostraron cuando llegué a El Paso. Esto transformó que lo que era para mi un reto en mi vida, dejar el lugar donde estuve por más de 40 años, en un verdadero gozo y un tiempo de crecimiento para mi.

En un tema similar he invitado a la Fraternidad de San Pedro, una comunidad de sacerdotes dedicados a conservar la Liturgia como era celebrada antes de la renovación que vino con el Concilio Vaticano Segundo, para venir a servir a nuestra Diócesis y a servir a la Parroquia de la Inmaculada Concepción en el centro de El Paso. La Santa Sede ha dicho a los obispos del mundo que como comunidad estable y apegados a la forma Tridentina de la Liturgia tenemos la responsabilidad de asegurarnos que este grupo tenga la oportunidad de celebrar este sacramento de esta forma.

Tenemos aquí un grupo numeroso buscando esta opción. Al mismo tiempo se ha estado haciendo más y más difícil proporcionar un sacerdote que sirva a la Parroquia de la Inmaculada Concepción. El traer a sacerdotes de la Fraternidad de San Pedro nos permite continuar sirviendo a la Parroquia de la Inmaculada Concepción y cubrir las necesidades de aquellos en esta Diócesis que soliciten la Liturgia de acuerdo a la Forma Extraordinaria.

La Fraternidad no es un grupo que niegue la legitimidad del Concilio Vaticano Segundo o que critique la celebración apropiada de la Liturgia tal como ha sido renovada. Ellos simplemente prefieren la forma antigua y encuentran que es un camino a una relación más cercana con Dios. Ellos han acordado permitir el horario de la Misa de las 12:00 del medio día entre semana en la Inmaculada Concepción para continuar con la forma vernácula según el Novus Ordo con sacerdotes que la Diócesis enviará. De esta forma podremos continuar sirviendo a la comunidad de negocios como lo hemos hecho en el pasado.

Le damos la bienvenida a la Fraternidad de San Pedro y les deseamos toda clase de bendiciones entre nosotros. Que el Espíritu Santo nos guíe a todos para hacer de estos cambios fuente más fructífera entre nosotros. Que nos demos a conocer por el amor que tenemos unos para otros.

‘I learned I want to be a priest’

On Saturday, May 1, more than 250 joyful hearts came together for the Diocesanfrmiguel Altar Servers Convocation to celebrate faith, community and service. The altar servers were invited to “Be Open to Their Vocation” and respond to God’s call with complete trust. Our young brothers and sisters are generously serving at the altars of our diocesan parishes. We congratulate them for their dedicated ministry.

At the end of the convocation, we asked the altar servers one question: What is one new thing that you learned today? There were many altar servers who wanted to share their learning. All of them enthusiastically raised their hands, eager to communicate their great experiences. They came up one by one. Some with shyness grabbed the microphone, but once they saw the curious and attentive eyes of their peers focused on them, instead of feeling intimidated, their words just came out from their lips as if they were talking to their best of friends. A smiley girl said, “I learned that we all have something to give because God has given us different gifts and talents.” Another young girl said, “Today I learned that we are all brothers and sisters.” The first young boy to come up said, “I learned that even though we are from different churches, we are one family.”

On the other hand, others very boldly stood in front of the large group and declared their insights. A quiet, serious looking boy came up and said, “I learned that each one of us has a vocation. God calls us to be priests, to get married, to be sisters and also to be single. That is what I learned.” Because of limited time, we invited two more to share, a girl and a boy. The tall, happy young girl said, “I learned I have many new friends.” She pointed to all the young boys and girls sitting in front of her and towards the back of the hall. Everyone clapped. The last altar server to share was the boy. He took the microphone and for several seconds said nothing as if clarifying in his mind what he was going to say. “I learned today what she just said…that I have many new friends. And also, I learned that I want to be a priest.” He joyfully smiled as his brothers and sisters clapped in support of his new finding, then he went to sit down.

We can learn many things from our young altar servers.

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Transitional deacons, permanent deacons to be installed by Bishop Seitz June 14

Special to the Rio Grande

Catholic Bishop Mark J. Seitz will install two transitional deacons and 10 permanent

deacons in ceremonies at 9:30 a.m., June 14 at St. Stephen Deacon and Martyr Parish Church.

Seminarians Gleen Carpe and Apolinar Samboni will become transitional deacons, the final step on their progress to ordination as priests of the Diocese of El Paso.

Becoming permanent deacons will be Victor Acosta, Samuel Bernal, Luis Carrasco, Ricardo Corella, Jesus Cortinas, John Farley, Robert Garcia, Roberto Guerra, Ray Niblett, and Jose Zaragoza.

Carpe and Samboni began their studies for the priesthood at St. Charles Borremeo Seminary in El Paso and are completing their preparation and theological studies at major seminary.

The 10 permanent deacons have completed preparation in a three-year theology course at Tepeyac Institute accompanied by instruction and practice in the duties of permanent deacons.

A native of the Philippines, Carpe began to think about becoming a priest “at the age of ten,” he said in response to a seminary questionnaire. He was then an altar server.

Samboni also said he was inspired toward the priesthood when he was an altar server and observed the work of the priests in his native Bolivar, Colombia.

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New pastor brings new perspective to parish

By Andy Sparke

Rio Grande Catholic

A change in pastors gives parishioners “a new perspective,” says Lorena Reyes, a member of Holy Spirit Mission parish in Horizon City.

Bishop Mark J. Seitz named Father Jose Morales to lead the parish as one of the assignments of priests he made in November of 2013.

New leadership “teaches parishioners new ways” of expressing their faith as a community, Reyes told the Rio Grande Catholic.

The change has brought a different energy to the parish, she said.

For Father Morales, who was parochial vicar — assistant — at St. Pius X Parish before being assigned as administrator at Holy Spirit, the new assignment has also meant change.

”It has been good,” he said, but “quite different” being the leader of the parish rather than an assistant to the pastor. As an assistant he took part in ministering to the needs of parishioners and the various parish activities, but wasn’t in charge. Now, when questions come up, he realizes “you’re the pastor.”

Father Morales agrees he may have brought some new approaches to parish life, particularly in things like the Lenten observances. “But that is part of growth,” for parishioners and pastor, he said.

Parishioner Annette Pedregon said “At first you’re not sure what to expect “ when a new pastor is assigned to your parish.

“You’re so used to the way the pastor has done things, there is an uneasiness about the new pastor,” she said.

But the previous pastor, Father Ralph Solis, “told us the best way to remember him would be to keep an open mind and give support to the new pastor,” she said. “And it has been different, but very positive.”

At the first parish council meeting, “Father Morales said he wanted to get to know the people and get them involved. He stressed he wanted to build the church community, and it has been a very good thing,” she said.

While located in Horizon City, Holy Spirit Mission boundaries extend well into areas around that community.

City officials report the population of Horizon City as about 18,000, which Father Morales estimates “includes at least 10,000 Catholics. ”But the surrounding areas like Aqua Dulce have many Catholic families who are in the Holy Spirit Parish boundaries. The city’s boundaries represent only “about half of the parish area,” he says.

The area is growing rapidly, with new home construction at a feverish pace. Father Morales estimates the parish gains 50 new families every two or three months.

”The parish community is very active,” he says. “Parishioners are very willing to participate, which is one of many blessings.” Parishioners take part in approximately 20 ministries he notes. People have been able “to identify their calling within the church and have been very active,” Father Morales said.

Father Morales is familiar with the parish, having grown up in the area outside of East El Paso, and having worked in Holy Trinity Parish while a seminarian.

”I see familiar faces often,” he said .

The sheer size of the parish is challenging, he said, because it includes four areas, each with its own needs.

But the parish staff and involvement of the parish members makes it easier to deal with the challenges, he said.

 

 

Father Jose Morales goes over plans for Holy Spirit Mission parish events with members of the parish staff in the parish office in Horizon City.

Father Jose Morales goes over plans for Holy Spirit Mission parish events with members of the parish staff in the parish office in Horizon City.