Guadalajara, Mexico, Oct 21, 2020 / 10:00 am America/Denver (CNA).
On World Mission Sunday, October 18, the archbishop of Guadalajara ordained 34 new priests - including 33 diocesan and 1 religious priest - and 11 new deacons.
In his homily, Cardinal José Francisco Robles Ortega called the ordinations a “gift that the Spirit of the Risen Lord gives to the Church of Guadalajara and to the entire Universal Church.”
The ordination Mass was offered at the Shrine of the Martyrs in the presence of a few faithful in order to observe coronavirus prevention protocols. The shrine is dedicated to the martyrs of the Mexican government’s persecution of the Church that took place in the 1920s and ‘30s.
The image of Our Lady of Zapopan, patroness of the archdiocese, was brought to the shrine and placed on the main altar.
Robles explained in his homily that the ordinations were originally scheduled for Pentecost, but had be rescheduled due to pandemic.
He emphasized that “God wants all peoples to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.”