“Without priests the Church would not be able to live that fundamental obedience which is at the very heart of her existence and her mission in history, an obedience in response to the command of Christ: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Mt. 28:19) and “Do this in remembrance of me” (Lk. 22:19; cf. 1 Cor. 11.24), i.e:, an obedience to the command to announce the Gospel and to renew daily the sacrifice of the giving of his body and the shedding of his blood for the life of the world.”
– Bl. Pope John Paul II (Pastores Dabo Vobis, March 25, 1998)

Ordinations to the Priesthood and to the Diaconate
We give thanks to God for the great grace of three new priests for the Church as well as one permanent deacon and three transitional deacons. On June 8, 2012 His Eminence Theodore Cardinal McCarrick ordained three of our IVE brothers as priests: Fr. Octavio Cortez, IVE, Fr. Juan Pablo Dominguez, IVE, and Fr. Felix Fuentes, IVE. In the same mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Washington, he also ordained Deacon Alex Reyes, IVE as a permanent deacon and Deacon Alwin Anbu, IVE, Deacon Brian Dinkle, IVE, and Deacon Jose Macias, IVE. As a religious family, the ordinations of new priests and deacons stands out as the great hope for the missions and the fruit of years of study, prayer, and preseverance.

First Masses at St. John Baptiste de la Salle Parish, Chillum, MD
The days following the ordinations are always filled with family and guests who have come from great distances and who continue to celebrate with us. The First Masses were all celebrated at St. John Baptiste de la Salle, the parish of the IVE seminary. It is a marvel to see God Himself obey the words of man and come to altar in the Sacred Host and Chalice.

Let us all pray for these new priests and for all priests who have been called from among men to offer the sacrifice of the Mass. Read about “spiritual maternity” in the 2007 document of the Congregation for Clergy explaing the importance of Holy Hours offered for priests.