A new building for retired friars was inaugurated at the St. Pius X minor seminary in Queretaro (Mexico).
More than 30 friars gathered in Queretaro from different parts of the central part of Mexico, together with seminarians and staff from the Fray Luis de Leon catholic school next door for the official inauguration of the new building. The architect and representatives from the construction company were also present.
The friars started touring the installations as they arrived and were able to step into all 14 bedrooms, common room, kitchen, and dining area.
Everyone was able to comfortably fit in the large common room in the new building for the celebration of the Holy Mass, which was presided by the Augustinian Recollect Bishop of Veracruz, Carlos Briseño, who spoke about our calling to carry the cross either caring for our senior friars or as sick friars having to take the cross of old age with a Christian attitude.
After the Mass celebration, a video featuring Fr. Sergio Sanchez, Prior Provincial of St. Nicholas of Tolentine Province, was shared with a message of gratitude and appreciation for the new building. He insisted on inviting all friars to visit our older and sick brothers. He also reminded our retired friars that they still have the mission of being part of the community, caring for their health, and pray for the friars still active in ministry.
Before the blessing, Friar Javier Acero, Vicar of Mexico and Costa Rica, mentioned that the new building was made in the same property of the St. Pius religious community because we must all do everything possible to include our elderly and sick religious within our communities and make their need our priority. “Our sick brothers are the community´s treasure” can be read in our Constitutions.
After the blessing of the building, everyone was invited to share lunch. Cakes were decorated for the 400 years of the Province and the 50th anniversary of the Fray Luis de Leon catholic school next door.