During the morning of Saturday, August 29, the Piarist family from the United States and Puerto Rico gathered to celebrate with joy the priestly ordination of one of their members, Rev. Fr. Orlando Rodríguez, Sch.P., a Puerto Rican who, effective September 1, will be the pastor of the Piarist Parish of the Annunciation in Manhattan, New York.

The ordination took place in the Most Holy Savior Parish, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Eucharist was presided by The Most Rev. Felix Lazaro, Sch.P., Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Ponce. The celebration was attended by Piarists from different parts of the demarcation, including the Provincial Superior, Fr. Fernando Negro, Sch.P., and the Provincial Assistants, Fr. Luis A. Cruz, Sch.P. There were also a good number of priests, religious, relatives and friends.

In his homily, Bishop Lazaro invited Fr. Orlando to be a new Calasanz and to imitate Mary, “who is a model of dedication, fidelity and service”. Furthermore, he reminded him that “…like the apostles, you will no longer be called a servant, but a friend… therefore make service the priority of your ministry so that children and young people will know you as the servant of others”.

On the morning of Sunday, August 30, Fr. Orlando will celebrate the Mass of Thanksgiving in his hometown parish accompanied by his Piarist brethren, family, and friends. We join in prayer for him and wish him a fruitful ministry.

Br. José Colón, Sch.P.