On October 26th, we had the grace to attend the diaconal ordination of two Servant Brothers of the Home of the Mother, Brother Carl Maes, from the United States, and Brother Nicolás Umana, born in Colombia, and raised in Canada.
The ceremony took place in the Cathedral of Alcalá de Henares and was presided by our bishop, Msgr. Juan Antonio Reig Pla, who made a wonderful homily underlining the need for priestly life in the Church today. Christ continues to call many young people to be His "other self," to prolong His presence in the world, so that his brothers can receive the sacraments and have eternal life. It is true that all those chosen are poor and imperfect men, but in them, the power of the cross of Christ is manifested. The divine life passes through the hands of the sacred ministers so that their brothers can live in God.
The most intense part of the ceremony is when the candidates prostrate themselves on the ground and the litanies of the Saints are sung. It is very comforting to know that the heavenly Church is filled with saints, the best children of the Church who love us, who intercede for us, who are models and friends on the path of service to God. In these celebrations, the mystery of the eternal priesthood of Christ is felt in a special way. He, Eternal Priest, "chooses men of this People, so that by the imposition of their hands they may participate in His sacred mission."
The day after the ordination, both Servant Brothers returned to Ecuador where they work pastorally in the parishes that the Servants of the Home of the Mother run there. Brother Carl Maes works in Rio Chico, diocese of Portoviejo (Manabí) and Brother Nicolás serves now as a deacon in the parish of Loreto (Guayaquil). We ask for your prayers for them to be faithful to the love of Jesus Christ and prepare for their future priestly ordination by generously living out their service as deacons.