in the North America Fall arrived….beautiful colors, rich harvests,
a time to enjoy. In South
America, Spring has broken forth with the reawakening flowering of
trees and flowers and the planting of the new crops.
Both seasons bring celebration new beginnings.
And for our congregation, here in the United States and in
our community in Argentina both seasons celebrated the ordination to
the priesthood of a new Missionary of the Sacred Hearts.
On Sunday, October 21, the parish church of Our Lady of Sorrows in
Buenos Aires, Argentina was filled to overflowing with a joyous
assembly to welcome the first ordination for our community there in
24 years. Fr.Mariano Zordan
knelt before Cardinal Bergoglio to be consecrated.
A joyous roar of acclamation broke forth as he faced the
assembly after his vesting as a priest.
Beloved by his parish and most especially the many young
people he has brought back to the church, Fr. Mariano was very
emotional as he shared a
few words at the end of the ordination ceremony. He thanked
God for leading him to this moment and thanked all who supported and
encouraged his vocation.
Again, he was greeted with a loving
ovation from the people.
Fr. Mariano Zordan con-celebrating Mass with
Fr. Robert Malagesi with Archbishop Edwin O’Brien following
the ordination ceremony and Mass.
On Saturday, November 3, Fr. Robert Malagesi was ordained by
Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien in the Chapel of Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary
in Emmitsburg, MD. As in
Argentina, the Chapel was filled to overflowing with those faithful
friends and family who have encouraged the vocation of Fr. Robert
and his commitment to religious life.
In addition, classmates from Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary were
present to affirm the beginning of Fr. Robert’s priestly life.
During the ceremony, Archbishop O’Brien reminded Fr. Robert
that he now represented the person of Christ to all he would serve
and as such he must follow the example of Jesus on all he would say
Both Fr. Mariano and Fr. Robert will be completing their studies
this coming year before being permanently assigned to pastoral work.