Guam – Beginning at 10 am on Saturday, November 19th, Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, OFM Cap., D.D. will ordain two men to the Sacred Order of Priesthood.
The Mass of Ordination will take place at the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica in Hagatna. The two candidates for ordination are Deacon Francesco Sebastiano Asproni (from Sardinia, Italy) and Deacon Edwin Bushu (from Boston, USA).
Deacons Francesco and Edwin have been formed at the Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary in Yona. Currently, Deacon Francesco serves at the San Vicente & San Roke Catholic Church in Barrigada and Deacon Edwin serves at the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Yigo.
The candidates have received formation in a wide range of areas, including: Sacred Scripture, moral and dogmatic theology, canon law, homiletics, Church history, liturgy, pastoral ministry.
So far, the Redemptoris Mater Seminary of Guam has formed eight men who have been ordained priests beginning in 2005 with Fr. Alberto Rodriguez Salamanca (Spain), in 2008 with Fr. Jason Granado (Philippines), Fr. Antonino Caminiti (Italy), Fr. Fabio Fiola (Italy), and in 2009 with Fr. Aurelius Stoia (Austria), Fr. Edivaldo da Silva Oliveira (Brazil), Fr. Julio César Sánchez Malagón (Colombia), and Fr. Miguel Angel Cervantes (Spain). Among these ordained priests, five now serve as pastors in local parishes in Guam and Saipan, two are pursing further studies at the Lateran University in Rome, and one is the Vice Rector of the Seminary. Presently, 45 seminarians from 20 nations are being formed at the Seminary in Yona.
Yet again our Archdiocese of Agana will bless Almighty God for the gift of men who willingly have offered their lives totally for service of God and mankind in love and joy.
The Mass of Ordination will live stream at http://www.aganacathedral.org/.
A Na’ Taotao Tumano at the Academy of Our Lady of Guam School cafeteria will follow the Mass. All are invited to attend.
For more information, contact:
Fr. Julio César Sánchez Malagón
Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary of Guam
130 Chalan Seminariu, Yoña, GUAM 96915
789-2400 (h); 988-4655 (c)