Last Saturday, December 5, 2020, the Diaconate Ordination of our Piarist brothers, José Victorino Carreras of the Mother of God and Melchor Ortega of the Virgin of Mt. Carmel, from the Province of the United States and Puerto Rico, took place in the city of Apizaco, Tlaxcala. They have carried out their formation itineraries in the Juniorate of the Province of Mexico.

After this stage of formation, and having made the Solemn Profession of Vows, our brothers have been prepared to serve in the Church and the Pious Schools, under the ordained ministry of the Diaconate.

Bishop Julio César Salcedo Aquino, Bishop of Tlaxcala, presided over the Eucharistic celebration at the Basilica of Mercy in Apizaco, Tlaxcala, Mexico. In his homily, he reminded our brothers of the task of deepening their knowledge of themselves, as well as the importance of feeling like missionary servants sent by the only king who is Christ.

On the other hand, our brothers were presented by two laywomen respectively, and on behalf of the whole community, they highlighted the virtues they showed in their apostolic journey during their formation and in the places where they have fulfilled their obedience: Mexico City, Campeche, and Tlaxcala.

The Diaconate Ordination was assisted by the enthusiastic service of the juniors and prenovices of the province of Mexico, as well as the company of fifty lay faithful and twenty Piarist priests who accompanied them during the liturgical celebration and breakfast offered by the Fray Pedro de Gante Piarist Institute.

The logistics were carried out under the diligent supervision of the religious brothers of the community of Apizaco and the lay brothers of the College, both teachers, service and administrative staff, as well as brothers of the Piarist Fraternity and of the shared mission modality, who showed real dedication as hosts of those attending this ordination.

The Provincial Fathers of Mexico and the United States-Puerto Rico thanked in the name of the Pious Schools all those who attended this ministerial celebration and urged our brothers Melchor and Victor to be faithful to their vocation as servants of the Church in the Pious Schools. Congratulations, to these brothers of ours who are light for the children and youth in the style of Calasanz.

Daniel Cruz Sch. P.