Posted On 2016-11-23 In Covenant Life, Schoenstatters

Celebrating His Mercy is Eternal: A Diaconate Ordination


Located in the city of Santiago, Chile, the Schoenstatt Fathers’ Iberia-American Seminary, better known as Father Joseph Kentenich Major Seminary, had the joy of celebrating the ordination of two new deacons during the weekend of 5-6 November. They are Matías Clavijo (Argentina) and Pedro Larraín (Chile) of the Dilectio Patris (Amor del Padre) course. This course was formed in 2006 and currently it has eight members, two of them are Brazilians:  Fr. Julio Fabiano and Fr. Ailton Brito.

The celebration began on Friday night in an internal community ceremony in which the two ordained signed the perpetual contract with the Institute of Schoenstatt Fathers. The following day, Saturday 5 November, the seminary garden was full of friends and relatives of both of them. Bishop Pero Ossandón, Auxiliary Bishop of Santiago, celebrated the Mass, and during his homily, he stressed the importance of experiencing God’s love in order to be instruments of mercy at the service of the most needy.

The ordination’s motto was “His Mercy is Eternal.” For them, they felt mercy was the main element in the call to follow Christ in the priestly vocation. First of all because they felt God’s mercy in their own lives, and secondly, because they want to live their priesthood marked by that mercy that enables forgiving and healing.

Father Joseph Kentenich Major Seminary would celebrate twenty years of history this month, and is why the ordination of these two brothers had a special feel. They represent the fruits of the concrete work of our beloved Mother and Queen after so many years of training. At this time, we are preparing for the 20 years’ celebration with friends and collaborators from our community. We count on everyone’s prayers!


Original: Portuguese. Translation: Celina M. Garza, San Antonio, TX USA. Edited: Melissa Peña-Janknegt, Elgin, TX USA

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