October 28 was an important day in the Diocese of Alcala de Henares because six new deacons were ordained, all of whom are on their way to the priesthood. Out of these six deacons, two were Servant Brothers of the Home of the Mother: Br. Joseph Bloomer and Br. Andrew Krische.
Br. Joseph came from Ecuador, where he is working in the community in Rio Chico. Br. Andrew came from Valencia, where the brothers live at St. Dionysius and St. Pancras Parish. Both brothers spent a few days at the community of Servant Brothers in Villalbilla to prepare. Before the ordination they had some events such as a meeting with the Bishop and the Profession of Faith.
October 28 was the big day. It was the Feast of the Apostles and Martyrs St. Jude and St. Simon. The fact that the brothers’ ordination fell on that day had a special meaning for them. St. Jude had a part in both of their stories. Br. Andrew had an aunt named Nancy, who supported him a great deal throughout his life and in his vocation. She had cancer two years ago. Since she was very close to Br. Andrew, he was able to travel from Ecuador to the United States and be at her side when she died on September 30, 2015. She had a great devotion to St. Jude and prayed to him very often. After her death, Br. Andrew asked her to help him make it to this day and to his priestly ordination.
Br. Joe had an even more personal relationship with St. Jude. When he was younger, he did not live a life close to the Lord. He immersed himself in a very serious crisis until he found himself with a holy card of St. Jude, the patron of impossible causes, and began to pray to him. Thanks to his intercession, Br. Joe felt his protection and God’s peace when he got out of that crisis and began his conversion.
Br. Andrew tells us his experience: Both of us are very thankful to God, the Virgin Mary, and all those who have supported and prayed for us. When I raised the chalice at the bishop’s side, I had the Home, my family, and all those who have helped me and put up with me as a special intention.
We ask for your prayers during this period of diaconate, especially so that the Lord prepares us for our priestly ordination and makes us faithful and holy Servant Brothers of the Home of the Mother. Thank you all!