Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Apr 30, 2019 / 11:54 am
When Francisco Javier Olivera was born, his mother offered him to the Virgin Mary, praying that he would become a missionary in Asia.
Olivera's mother told him about the consecration after he was ordained a priest in Japan 22 years ago. Since then, he has served as a missionary, not only in Japan, but in China and Mongolia as well.
Fr. Olivera was born in Salamanca, Spain, 47 years ago. He is a diocesan priest working with the Neocatechumenal Way and has been a missionary for 28 years.
In an interview with Religión En Libertad, Olivera said his priestly and missionary vocation grew "little by little," influenced by a series of missionaries and catechists who stayed at his family's house.