Archbishop Jaume Pujol Confers Priestly Ordination on Two Deacons of the Prelature at the Shrine of Torreciudad, Spain (September 3, 2017)

Archbishop Jaume Pujol, of Tarragona, conferred the priesthood on Ginés José Pérez Almela and Arturo Garralón, two faithful of the Prelature. The ceremony took place on September 3 at the Shrine of Torreciudad, Spain.

Archbishop Pujol encouraged the new priests to “dedicate themselves to the service of all souls, making of their lives a complete self-giving.” With words of Saint Josemaría, he recalled that priests are ordained “to serve, not to command, not to shine,” but to give themselves “in an unbroken and divine silence, in service of all souls.”

The archbishop also exhorted them to be “good shepherds” and to “continue the saving mission of Christ,” aware that “a priest who gives little of himself, instead of being a mediator becomes little by little an intermediary, a manager,” as Pope Francis has said.

Archbishop Pujol asked those present to pray for priestly vocations throughout the world and for the fidelity of all sacred ministers. At the same time, he said “it is urgent that many lay people open themselves generously to their specific call to holiness.” The new priests were accompanied by the Prelate of Opus Dei, Msgr. Fernando Ocáriz, as well as by numerous relatives, friends, and former professional colleagues.

Arturo Garralón, of Guadalajara, Spain, graduated in economics and worked in banking for fifteen years. He carried out theological studies at the University of Navarra, where he is finishing a doctoral thesis on Friar Luis de León. He celebrated his first Solemn Mass on September 10 in the parish of Blessed Mary of Jesus of Guadalajara.

Ginés José Pérez, of Murcia, Spain, studied education and was a teacher for three decades. In 2012 he went to the School of Theology at the University of Navarra to complete his theological studies. He is currently working on a doctoral thesis on “Marriage, a vocation to holiness.”

Romana, n. 65, July-December 2017, p. 326.

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