We are pleased to share that David Ulises Garcia Hernandez made his first profession on Saturday (January 7) in the chapel of the Hospital of Divine Providence in San Salvador. This is the chapel were Bishop Oscar Romero was assassinated in 1980. Ulises will soon begin his two-year internship at St. Cyril’s parish in Tucson, Arizona.
Many relatives and friends traveled to witness the ceremony. Members of the choir at Our Lady of Lourdes parish provided the music. The entire congregation was invited to dinner afterwards in a reception hall on the hospital grounds.
We are grateful to Jerry Payea and Jorge Villegas for their willingess to provide a novitiate for our students in Spanish.
On Friday January 13, Prior Provincial William J. Harry OCarm will lead a ceremony in Lurin, Perú, to receive three Salvadoreans into the novitiate: Santos Antonlino Méndez Ramírez, Henry Mauricio Cienfuegos Ostorga, Daniel Ulises Gonzalez Cabrera.
When school begins again in El Salvador, Centro Xiberta will have 6 pre-novicios and 4 simply professed. Alfredo Guillen is the formator. David Blanchard, pastor, and Tracy O’Sullivan live in the parish Our Lady of Lourdes in Calle Real. In March, the prior provincial will return to El Salvador for the annual meeting of all the Carmelites in the country. This meeting will include one day of strategic planning and the solemn profession of Benjamin Salas.
We give thanks for God for his blessings upon the Carmelites’ foundation in El Salvador.
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