With both joy and apprehension I embrace this new assignment as pastor, which our Archbishop has entrusted to my care. And I do it providentially when we celebrate the Solemnity of the real presence of Body and Blood of Jesus in the Eucharist, traditionally called by his Latin name: Corpus Christi. It is precisely from this most amazing Sacrament that the Lord builds his Body, the Church. He is the true Pastor, the Head of his Church. In the Monstrance and in the Tabernacle the Heart of the Son of the living God is beating for love of you. And his blood, his Spirit, is being infused in us from this Heart, feeding and nourishing all the members of the Body, the Church. I pray to Our Lady, the Mother of the Eucharist, that the community of St Pius X be mustered, built and grown around this Sacred mystery of divine Love.
Many of you are grieving for the loss of your beloved pastor Fr. Steve Adams. We thank God for the years he lovingly and patiently devoted to the care of this community. May Our Lady continue to bless him and accompany him in whatever task the Church may require from him.
Also, many of you are wondering: “Who is this new priest?” I want to briefly introducemyself for you to know a little bit about me. I was born in May 13, 1970 in Burgos (Spain), a medium-size town on the way to St James of Compostela. I was raised in Valladolid, capital of Castile and former capital of Spain. After serving in the Army, I entered at the age of 20 in the religious congregation of the Disciples of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, and I was ordained a priest in Cuenca (Spain), on March 22, 1997. I hold both a STB (ecclesiastical equivalent of a BA in Theology and Philosophy) and a STL (ecclesiastical equivalent of a MA) in Moral Theology by the “San Dámaso” Theological College, Madrid. I served as a priest in Madrid for 6 years, ministering to College and High School youth, as well as to families. Then I spent a year in Rome to finish my studies on Moral Theology. In the Fall of 2004 I was assigned to a community in Falls Church, Northern Virginia. For five years I served the Spanish-speaking immigrant communities at three different parishes in the DC metropolitan area. In the summer of 2009 I was assigned to Denver. I served first at St Mary’s parish, Littleton, and then as Chaplain and teacher at Bishop Machebeuf High School. In the summer of 2011 I began to serve as a diocesan priest, first at Ascension parish, and then from the summer of 2012 at Queen of Peace parish, my last assignment. In my 17 years as a priest I have undertaken a wide variety of ministries, from ministering to College youth to accompanying married couples, from spiritual assistance to religious communities to ministering to immigrants, from preaching the spiritual exercises to serving as teacher and spiritual counselor at schools. I pray that my experience will serve you well here at St Pius X parish.
Do please pray for me.