On Saturday, June 11, 2022, feast of the great missionary apostle, St. Barnabas, our brother Fr. Jorge Ramirez Quiles Sch. P., was ordained a priest of the Lord, at the service of the Church, in the Piarist parish of Adjuntas, in the diocese of Ponce, Puerto Rico. Our brother bishop, Monsignor Félix Lázaro Sch. P., was the minister who conferred the sacred order.

It was a beautiful and joyful ceremony amidst many Piarists from the wide geography of our USA-PR Province. In the homily, Bishop Felix Lazaro Sch. P., exhorted our brother, Fr. Jorge Ramirez Quiles Sch. P., to put to work the grace received at the service of the People of God through our specific ministry of educating and evangelizing children and youth who need Jesus Christ, the Teacher, and Witness of the Father’s love.

The following day, June 12, the celebration of the first Eucharist took place in his home parish, Holy Family Parish in Bayamon, PR, and Fr. Orlando Rodríguez Sch. P., Parish Priest of the Annunciation, Manhattan, NY, was in charge of the homily, in which he made a beautiful and heartfelt portrait of Fr. Jorge as a person and community companion. 

Jorge Ramirez’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jorge and Wanda, were at both celebrations, along with many people from the “Island of Enchantment,” the name of Puerto Rico, and the parents of the Puerto Rican Piarists and their families. There were also other Piarist friends from New York and Miami.

Jorge’s father is in formation in the “permanent diaconate” program and will indeed be ordained in a year. This is another reason for thanksgiving and immense joy.

The first Eucharist of Fr. Jorge Ramirez Quiles Sch. P., took place on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, and it is a coincidence that Jorge’s religious name is “of the Most Holy Trinity”. It is also a coincidence that this same day, June 12, was the eleventh anniversary of the canonical erection of the Province of the USA and PR. A beautiful reason for thanksgiving for the blessing of so many vocations that have come to us since then.

We note with joy how the human panorama of this Province has changed, where today there are faces and lives of young religious recently ordained and others who are on the way. We are deeply grateful to the God of Life who continues to count on us so that, in the likeness of his Son, we may facilitate that humanity “may have life in abundance”.

In the coming month of July, Brother Deacon José Guadalupe García Jasso Sch. P., will be ordained priest in Guanajuato, Mexico, on July 17. And Brother José Juan Reséndiz Sch. P., will make his solemn profession on July 14 and be ordained deacon the following day in the same state of Guanajuato.

Our pre-novice, Jair Jácome, will begin his novitiate year at the novitiate house in Celaya, Mexico, on July 4, 2022. So, we can only trust and ask, concluding that, at the end of the day, “grace is everywhere”.

Fr. Fernando Negro Sch. P.