David de Jesús Molina, new Augustinian Recollect priest
Last Saturday, May 7, in the auditorium of the Fray Luis de León College in the Mexican city of Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico, the priestly ordination of the Augustinian Recollect David de Jesús Molina (Mexico City, 1987) was carried out through the Imposition of hands by Carlos Briseño Arch, Augustinian Recollect and Bishop of Veracruz.
David was accompanied by his relatives, including his brother Héctor, an Augustinian Recollect, who had come from Zaragoza (Spain), as well as some thirty Recollect religious, Augustinian Recollect missionary nuns, postulants from the Saint Augustine house of formation in Mexico City, members of the Secular Fraternity and the Augustinian Recollect Youth (JAR) and professors from the Fray Luis de León School, the ministry in which David exercises his service.
The bishop highlighted the importance of the priestly ministry, which includes imitating Christ the teacher, priest and shepherd, that is: teaching the Gospel, walking alongside the People of God (sometimes in front encouraging them, in the middle accompanying them or behind them pushing) and making available of the faithful the sacraments.
The bishop highlighted communion as a fundamental value of the Augustinian Recollect charism: communion with God, with the Church, with other priests, and with the faithful people; He asked the new priest to always act with kindness and affection, moving away from all pride or contempt.
The ordination rite consists of a series of signs and gestures: prostration and prayer for the ordinand; the laying on of hands by the bishop and the prayer of consecration; the investiture of priestly vestments; the anointing of the hands; the giving of the chalice and the paten; and, finally, the welcoming embrace of the concelebrating priests.
After concelebrating for the first time as a priest together with the bishop and the rest of the priests, already in thanksgiving and emmotioned, David addressed a few words of gratitude to God for the gift of the vocation received on a path that, he highlighted, has traveled always with the characteristic of “together”: together with God, together with the Augustinian Recollect Family, together with the family. For this reason, he asked to be a priest "in love with God and united with all".
The celebration continued with a fraternal agape at the College facilities, prepared with affection by the local community, to which David belongs.
The following day, Sunday of the Good Shepherd, David celebrated his first Eucharist in Our Lady of Consolation parish in the Pantitlán neighborhood in Mexico City, the local community that saw him grow up, where his vocational restlessness arose and where that day he presented himself for the first time as a servant of the People of God before all his family and friends.