Monday, July 19, 2010

Toma de Posesión

We have a new pastor at Santa Lucia, Padre Carlos Elias Echevarria. He introduced himself to us on Sunday July 11th and invited us all to come to his Toma de Posesión yesterday. The phrase Toma de Posesión is used for inaugurations, investitures, swearing-in ceremonies, and I like it because it's so direct: taking posesssion. Padre Carlos' Toma was a grand occasion, with Archbishop José Luis Escobar Alas presiding and a formal reading of the Archbishop's declaration (that's probably not the right word) of him as Pastor with reference to the appropriate statutes in canon law. It was a grand liturgical occasion, and everyone in the packed church seemed to be enjoying it thoroughly. I don't know much about Padre Carlos yet, except that he preaches with passion and conviction, and connects with the people of Suchitoto warmly and easily: that's a very good beginning of his time here.

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