September 26, 2021

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26 September
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
18th Sunday after Pentecost

Ordinary Form
Numbers 11,25-29 1
Psalm 19,8.10.12-13.14
James 5,1-6
Mark 9,38-43.45.47-48

Extraordinary Form
Corinthians 1,4-8
Psalm 121,1.7
Matthew 9,1-8

Mauricio Portillo is about to be ordained a Deacon!

When Mauricio was accepted into the seminary for the Diocese of Arlington in July 2014, he left St. John the Beloved and our American shores as a pioneer. He was the first participant in the pilot program between the Diocese and the Universidad Eclesiástica San Dámaso in Madrid, Spain. In addition to philosophy and theology studies there, he lived in the seminary Hogar Sacerdotal Padre Laforet. The pilot program for native Spanish-speaking seminarians took advantage of what our Vocations Directors described at the time as the best ecclesiastical institution in the Spanish-speaking world.

After four years there and with a Bachelor’s in Sacred Theology under his belt, Mauricio continued the study of theology at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. This past Spring he completed the S.T.L. in Dogmatic and Fundamental Theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, also known as “The Angelicum”. His studies continue as he prepares for priesthood.

This Thursday, September 30, Mauricio will be ordained a deacon in St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican at the altar where Fr. Scalia, Fr. Murphy, Fr. Rampino, Fr. Oetjen and I, among others, made promises of celibacy and obedience and were ordained to the diaconate. Organizing a group pilgrimage to the Eternal City was deemed too difficult amidst the uncertainties of the time. So I shall undertake the difficult task of representing you.

Mauricio is very grateful for your prayerful support. Please lift him up frequently. You may send cards, letters and gifts to:

    Rev. Mr. Mauricio Portillo
    Pontifical North American College
    00120 Vatican City State

May the Good Lord and His Blessed Mother always be well pleased in the sacrifice of their willing servant.

Rev. Christopher J. Pollard

P.S. Yes, I will do everything required to stay healthy and, more importantly, to keep you healthy as well.