New Priests Ordained on Guam


Guam– Last Saturday, November 9, the Archdiocese of Agana celebrated one the most transcendental events that any diocese around the world could celebrate, namely, an ordination to the Sacred Priesthood.

The Metropolitan Archbishop of Agana, Most Rev. Anthony Sablan Apuron OFM Cap., D.D., ordained two young men, who have been formed at the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Yona, for the service of the Church in Guam.

The newly ordained priests are Fr. Luis Venancio Benavente Camacho Jr., 28-year old of Guam and Fr. Michael Vincent Jucutan, 36-year old of Hawaii. Family members and friends of the newly ordained came to Guam to witness this great blessing.

Everyone at the Cathedral, and even those who follow the event through the Internet, rejoiced exultantly and took part in this celebration where God consecrated Fr. Luis and Fr. Michael as instruments of His love and mercy for the sake for the people of Guam and the world.

Fr. Luis and Fr. Michael are now incardinated to the Archdiocese of Agana, which means that they belong here. Beginning on December 8, 2013, Fr. Luis will begin his ministry in the parishes of San Dimas Catholic Church in Malesso and San Dionisio in Umatac as the Parochial Vicar and Fr. Michael will be the Vice-Rector of the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica in Hagatna.

Camacho and Jucutan have received their bachelor’s degree in Sacred Theology from the Blessed Diego Luis De San Vitores Theological Institute for Oceania- an affiliated institute of the Pontifical Lateran University of Rome. Camacho is a native son of Guam and is the first Chamorro and Jucutan, the first native Hawaiian to be ordained from the Redemptoris Mater Seminary of Guam. Camacho is a 2003 graduate of Father Duenas Memorial School and Jucutan is a 1995 graduate of Pearl City High School in Hawaii.