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Joys of Summer

Nine priests and five deacons, from four continents and eleven different countries. In total, fourteen great joys on the occasion of the ordinations of former seminarians of Sedes Sapientiae who are already serving their dioceses through sacred ministry.

The first of the priests, Juan Maldonado, was ordained in Mexico, in the Archdiocese of Puebla de los Ángeles. Don José Huerta, who was in his home country at the time, was able to attend the ceremony with great joy, held in the cathedral of the city on July 3rd.

The next four ordinations took place on the wonderful African continent: on July 8th, Valentine Ezumezu was ordained a priest in the Archdiocese of Onitsha (Nigeria). A week later, Gabriel Gyansah followed suit, in the Archdiocese of Kumasi (Ghana). And on July 27th, Xavery Binyoga (Kigoma) and Bernard Lubuva (Kondoa) were ordained to the priesthood in Tanzania. Congratulations to all!

The last days of July were very intense, as besides the two ordinations already mentioned in Tanzania, on July 28th, Jhoan Zambrano was ordained in Venezuela (Diocese of San Cristóbal); on the 29th, Benjamin Ng’ambi in Karonga (Malawi); and on the 30th, Patricio Bou Akar in Jbeil-Biblos (Lebanon). Undoubtedly, it was a time in which we prayed for all of them.

And in August, on the significant feast day of the Curé of Ars, we celebrated the ordination of Benito Cárdenas, a new priest of the Diocese of San Cristóbal (Venezuela). Congratulations also to him and his family, who already have two priest sons!

Let's go back to July to remember the deacons. On the 26th of that month, Nithin Thomas Payyappilly was ordained a deacon in the Diocese of Ramanathapuram (India). Don Cristian Mendoza and Don Juan Rego were able to attend the ceremony, having spent several weeks in India and Sri Lanka participating in training sessions.

Nearly a month later, in the Archdiocese of Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), Jacobo Lama received the diaconate on August 26th, with a ceremony held in the beautiful primatial cathedral of the city.

On September 2nd, in the Diocese of León (Nicaragua), Daniel Beltrán and Hernán Betancourt were ordained deacons, who promptly began collaborating in various pastoral assignments in their diocese: our best wishes for a fruitful ministerial work.

And finally, on September 10th, already close to autumn, Francisco Vinumo received ordination as a deacon in the Archdiocese of Huambo (Angola): good work and study also for him!


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