On Saturday, January 18, 2020, Carmelites in Mexico gathered at the baroque-style Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption in Zacatecas, Mexico, located in the historic city center, for the ordination of Br. Gregorio Vazquez, O. Carm., by the Bishop of Zacateca, Mons. Sigifredo Noriega Barceló. The baroque cathedral provided a beautiful backdrop for the ceremony. Bishop Barceló was very welcoming and provided much food for thought in his homily. The Carmelites were joined in the celebration by local clergy as well as people from various parts of Mexico, including the Carmelite parish in Torreon, Mexico, the Parish of the Transfiguration of the Lord. Students of the local seminary made up the choir. Several of the Carmelite students from Whitefriars Hall in Washington, DC, assisted. The Diocese of Zacatecas streamed the ceremony over the internet. Click on this link for the video of the ceremony:
Ordenación Sacerdotal Gregorio Solis Vázquez
Posted by Diócesis De Zacatecas on Saturday, January 18, 2020
Fr. Gregorio is assigned to the Parish of the Transfiguración of the Lord in Torreón.
Following the Ordination, the guests celebrated in the Hotel Mesón de Jobito in the city center. The following day everyone traveled to Calera, Fr. Gregorio’s hometown in Zacatecas, for his First Mass. This Mass was even more special, as it included the baptism of Fr. Gregorio nephew. Carmelite Fr. Jorge Monterroso preached the homily. Following this ceremony in a packed parish church, guests gathered at a nearby Salon to enjoy another meal, music from a group of mariachis, and more picture taking.
Ordination of Fr. Gregorio Vazquez:
First Mass of Fr. Gregorio Vazquez: