With great joy the Theatine Fathers announce the election of our New Provincial Father, Rev.Heriberto Torres-Velazquez, C.R.
We gathered to celebrate our Provincial Chapter 2020 to evaluate our community life and to elect our new Provincial and the New Provincial Council for the term 2020-2023.
After praying unceasingly to the Holy Spirit, in a fraternal environment, we elected from among our brothers Father "Beto", as we call him, who was the vice-provincial for the previous term. The Community also thanked Father Pat Valdez, C.R. for his service to the community, which he did diligently for the last 3 years.
Father Heriberto had previously been the Provincial of the community for one term, He served at the Sangre de Cristo Parish in The San Luis Valley for 7 years and, prior to become the Provincial Superior he served in Denver for a year and a half.
Father General, Rev. Salvador Rodea Gonzalez, C.R., Presided the great opening of our Provincial Chapter with words of encouragement to live the fraternity inspired by St. Cajetan and our Theatine Saints, allowing our christian charity shine in every moment. He was speaking to his brothers with humility and coherence, with a heart filed of love for his brothers, inspiring us to enter in this historical time, embracing the cross as many Theatines have done before us.
We want to thank You all for your prayers and intercessions.
Seek ye First the Kingdom of God!
WASHINGTON – Earlier today, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), issued a reflection and prayer on Coronavirus (COVID-19). His statement is part of the USCCB’s ongoing engagement on the issue over the last several weeks.
Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, issued a statement encouraging lawmakers to consider measures providing relief and aid to those suffering from COVID-19, those affected by workplace closures and other disruptions, and prayers for those suffering from the virus and for healthcare providers.
In response to news of progression of COVID-19 outbreaks in other parts of the world, Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on International Justice and Peace, issued a statement with Catholic Relief Services and the Catholic Health Association of the United States that addressed the Catholic response to the outbreak.
The faithful are encouraged to consult their local (arch)diocese or (arch)eparchy as to local directives on the celebration of the sacraments. The USCCB’s Committee on Divine Worship has shared helpful considerations with the U.S. bishops regarding their role in regulating liturgical celebrations as they make decisions for their respective dioceses in the wake of growing public health concerns.
The considerations include: reminding parishes to use common sense hygiene practices; reminding Catholics that they are not obligated to attend Mass if they are sick; reminding bishops that they may suspend the distribution of Holy Communion by the chalice (cup), and suspend physical contact at the sign of peace; and that in more serious circumstances, they may suspend public liturgical celebrations.
The USCCB, as well as the Confraternity on Christian Doctrine (CCD) and the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL), have waived permission requirements for prayers and readings in both English and Spanish to allow dioceses to livestream Masses during this time as social distancing measures are implemented.
“When evening had come” (Mk 4:35). The Gospel passage we have just heard begins like this. For weeks now it has been evening. Thick darkness has gathered over our squares, our streets and our cities; it has taken over our lives, filling everything with a deafening silence and a distressing void, that stops everything as it passes by; we feel it in the air, we notice in people’s gestures, their glances give them away. We find ourselves afraid and lost. Like the disciples in the Gospel we were caught off guard by an unexpected, turbulent storm. We have realized that we are on the same boat, all of us fragile and disoriented, but at the same time important and needed, all of us called to row together, each of us in need of comforting the other. On this boat… are all of us. Just like those disciples, who spoke anxiously with one voice, saying “We are perishing” (v. 38), so we too have realized that we cannot go on thinking of ourselves, but only together can we do this.
St. Andrew Avelino. On 10 November 1608, when beginning the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, he was stricken with apoplexy, and after receiving the Holy Viaticum, died at the age of eighty-eight. In 1624, only 16 years after his death, he was beatified by Pope Urban VIII, and in 1712 was canonized by Pope Clement XI.
Bisop of Pueblo, Colorado.
God has blessed us with vocations! Under the direction of Fr. Francisco Vaca, C.R. as the Rector of the house and Fr. Miguel A. Guzman, as the Spiritual Director for the Brothers, the Formation House of Guadalajara has bloomed with vocations from all over Mexico. We have 4 Postulants, Brothers Sebastian Ortega, Luis Alberto Pacheco, and Salvador A. Maldonado are in the first stage of their formation. We also have three Brothers in the Aspirant stage, Brothers Juan Gómez, Pablo González Robles and Juan Jesús Garduño
St. Cajetan, pray for us!
St. Cajetan Formation House in Guadalajara, Mexico
Basilica of Sant'Andrea della Valle in Rome,
Theatine Church since the 17th Century!
USCCB Statements on Coronavirus (COVID-19) March 13, 2020