‘The Motive I Am Right here Immediately is God’s Will’
PROSPECT HEIGHTS — It was the most important day of his life and Father Elvin Torres was so overwhelmed with pleasure, he cried.
“I really feel the Holy Spirit with me,” he stated as he ready to be ordained by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio on the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, June 5. After his life-changing second got here and the bishop laid his fingers upon his head, signifying his ordination, Father Torres stood on the altar and shed tears of happiness.
Father Torres, a local of the Dominican Republic, was certainly one of 4 new monks ordained at a particular Mass on the Co-Cathedral on June 5 in entrance of a giant crowd of fellow monks, auxiliary bishops, relations, and others. Father Chin Nguyen, initially from Vietnam, Father Hung Sy Tran, additionally Vietnam-born, and Father Robinson Olivares, who’s initially from the Dominican Republic all turned monks on Saturday.
The Mass featured hovering music and such time-honored rituals because the Litany of Supplication (during which the candidates for priesthood prostrate themselves on the altar in an indication of humility because the congregation invokes the intercession of the saints), the laying on of fingers, and the Prayer of Ordination.
Every new priest was vested on the altar, receiving his stole and chasuble, and obtained the Signal of Peace from a bunch of fellow monks. The congregation applauded for a number of minutes after.
The Diocese of Brooklyn, which is commonly referred to as the Diocese of Immigrants, is welcoming the brand new monks who got here right here from different lands to serve God — a incontrovertible fact that Bishop DiMarzio touched on in his homily.
“Most of you have got struggled for a few years to return to this second. Your journeys have been assorted, none have been simple,” he stated, including that they confronted language obstacles, amongst different obstacles. “However right here you’re right this moment.”
They had been prepared. Previous to the Mass, every man spoke of the happiness and sense of peace he felt.
“Since this morning, I felt tremendous joyous, an unbelievable feeling of peace and of readiness to exit and obtain the blessing and the anointing of Jesus as his priest and to exit wherever he sends me,” Father Olivares stated.
He has a way of what his mission will likely be: “God is looking me to achieve out to so many people who find themselves in nice want of the love of God and his mercy.”
Father Torres, who referred to as the day “a blessing,” stated there may be grace in every single place.
“The rationale I’m right here right this moment is God’s will,” he stated.
He’s conscious that he and his three associates have gotten monks simply because the world begins to return out from below the cloud of COVID-19 and their work will embody convincing Catholics to return again to church.
“We’re the monks of the pandemic,” he stated, including that he desires to point out “how, when the world goes by means of one thing actually dangerous, God remains to be there together with his grace.”
Father Tran spoke concerning the pleasure of coaching for the priesthood and the friendships he developed with Fathers Olivares, Torres, and Nguyen, and the way they lifted one another up when the going acquired powerful. “I believe that’s our mission and our need — to serve one another. Jesus stated, ‘I come to serve, to not be served,’ ” he stated.
Summing up his emotions, Father Tran stated, “I really feel very excited right this moment and really joyful.”
Father Nguyen felt “large happiness in my soul, within the thoughts and in my coronary heart proper now.” He additionally felt the grace of God.
“I really feel it in me. I’ve waited for this second my complete life. God has referred to as me and I answered the decision,” he stated.
Relations had been among the many congregation. “We’re so pleased with him. We’re so joyful he has chosen this path,” stated Elsa Pena, Father Olivares’ sister. She got here to the Mass with their mom, Celsa Olivares. “I’m very joyful, extremely joyous,” she stated in Spanish as her daughter translated.
The household lived for a number of years in Spanish Harlem, a tricky neighborhood on the time they resided there, “however we had been at all times concerned in our church and that saved us going,” she stated.
Younger Robinson Olivares was an altar boy and the Olivares children had been within the church choir.
On the finish of the ordination Mass, Bishop DiMarzio introduced the brand new monks’ assignments. Father Nguyen will likely be serving at St. Luke Church, Whitestone. Father Olivares will likely be at St. Matthias, Ridgewood. St. Sebastian Church, Woodside is the place Father Torres will serve. Father Tran has been assigned to Our Girl of Mount Carmel, Astoria.
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