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A Gift for our Blessed Mother

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Ordinations of 5 Servant Brothers to the priesthood and the diaconate in Cuenca (Spain), on June 27, 2015.

On June 27th the Lord gave another gift to His Mother with the Ordination of five Servant Brothers of the Home of the Mother. Brothers Kevin Deakin, Joseph Valle and Matthew Nobrega received the diaconate, and Fr. René Zambrana and Fr. Peter Dittus, the priesthood.

The celebration took place at the Cathedral in Cuenca at 11:00 in the morning. The church was filled with faithful who wanted to accompany the brothers in this important step for the Church and for their lives. Fr. Jose Maria de Yanguas Sanz, Bishop of Cuenca, spoke about the role of the priest in the Church and urged the future priests to be generous and joyful ministers of God's mercy, making the sacrament of reconciliation their preferred occupation.

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The Mass ended with the tradition of kissing the hands of the newly ordained priests and after that, all the members of the Home went to the monastery of Saint Michael of the Victories in Priego to celebrate together the ordinations, remembering and giving thanks for the graces received during this morning. The testimony of the newly-ordained priests, along with the beautiful chasubles of the Virgin Mary that they wore during the Mass, awarded them the title of "Mary’s priests". Father René had the opportunity to entertain us with his juggling, and we ended the gathering recalling the early days of the Home of the Mother. Father Rafael urged us to be faithful to our vocation and to have an unbreakable faith in God's plan and the protection it exerts in the Home.

That same evening, Fr. Rene celebrated his first mass in the parish of St. Nicolas de Bari, Priego. He spoke of how his priesthood is not and will never be something for himself, but for us so that we can see, receive and love Jesus in our lives. The next day Fr. Peter celebrated his first mass in the same place, preaching that the vocation must be received with the same spirit with which St. Peter jumped off the boat to walk on the waters.

It has been a weekend full of graces and blessings. We the ordained almost tangibly feel the strength of the prayers of others. We unceasingly give thanks to God for his great love and kindness to us, his children. We thank all those who have entrusted us and have offered sacrifices for us. We ask you to continue to pray for the priests of the world and, in particular, for the Servant Brothers of the Home of the Mother, so that the project of Our Mother has is realized in us for the good of all.

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