Alfonso Dávila, Augustinian Recollect, ordained deacon in Madrid
The ceremony of diaconal ordination of the Augustinian Recollect Alfonso Dávila (Mexico City, 1994) was presided over by the Augustinian Recollect bishop of the Prelature of Labrea (Amazonas, Brazil), Santiago Sánchez. It took place at five in the afternoon in the Parish of Santa Rita in Madrid (Spain), in the context of the celebration of the feast of All Saints of the Augustinian Family, on Saturday, November 13.
Alfonso began the Eucharist by asking for the blessing of his parents, present in a prominent place at the ceremony, and ended the celebration by offering them his first blessing as a deacon, since blessing is one of the functions of the deacon in the Catholic Church.
Before the ordination rites, in the homily, the bishop used a parable very typical of the region where he serves, the Amazon, regarding the task entrusted to a ship painter who went beyond his work and thus achieved, without waiting for it, save the lives of the passengers.
It served to tell Alfonso that God calls him to take care of his Church and that for this reason he should not be content with “fulfilling” or “doing the minimum necessary” but exercising a true love without limits at the service of the Church, without ceasing to side no need, regardless of the pain and concerns of others, just as the saints did. "Let us ask that Alfonso be what he promises and follow the path that he is now beginning," he concluded.
After the ordination rites, Alfonso went on to serve for the first time at the altar with the bishop, preparing the offerings, distributing communion, collecting, and purifying the sacred vessels, inviting the people to give themselves peace and dismissing the celebration.
During thanksgiving, Alfonso thanked the presence of his parents, the Bishop of Labrea and all those present. He recalled that the time to serve has come for him, something "that has to do with being humble, human and fraternal."
He said he did not feel alone before this project of God, although he has felt fear because his service is for the whole world, with the Church, and for the Church. "I am aware of how little I am to change the world, but I am in love and that is what allows me to live, get up every morning, move on, because love is what moves my life, and I learned that from Christ."
He encouraged the young people, and everyone present to “go crazy with love and let themselves be carried away by the love of God, merciful and all-powerful, and life will change us: at least it has changed me (…). I ask you to help me, I am a small thing and I have defects, but I know that they can become a passion for the People of God, so that together we can change the world, we can lift the Cross of Christ and move this Church, move the Church of the God's people".
At the altar, the bishop and Alfonso were accompanied on this special day by a total of 23 priests, most of them Augustinian Recollects, but also a diocesan priest and Jesús Zurita, member of the Secular Institute of the Crusaders of Mary and chaplain of the Faculty of Humanities and Communication Sciences of the San Pablo CEU University of Madrid, where Alfonso carries out higher studies.
The musical part oversaw 27 children and adolescents of the Escolanía of the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo del Escorial, directed by José María Abad, artistic director, and accompanied on the organ by the Augustinian Pedro Alberto Sánchez, teacher of the Chapel of the Escolanía. They sang the Missa de Angelis and the Anima Christi by Marco Frisina for communion.
The provincial prior, Sergio Sánchez, dismissed the event by thanking Alfonso for his visit, and all the others for their presence and inviting the presentation of the book “Always on Mission. History of the Province of San Nicolás de Tolentino” that would take place in the parish auditorium after the end of Alfonso's diaconal ordination ceremony.