Thursday, December 21, 2006

Seminary Graduations in Arequipa

Seminarians Nestor, Zoila and Daniel received diplomas at a ceremony on December 16 in Christ the Redeemer, Arequipa.
Nestor and Zoila received Bishop's Certificate 2, and Zoila and Daniel Bishop's Certificates 1.
All three of the seminarians are deeply involved in ministry in Christ the Redeemer Parish and its 5 missions. Every Sunday they lead services, preach and take the Blessed Sacrament. One of the missions, St Mary Magdalene's in Juliaca, is a 5 hours bus journey from Arequipa. As well as Sunday services, they also help with Evening Prayer and pastoral work on week days.
The aim of the Seminary is to prepare men and women for lay and ordained ministry, giving them the best theological training we can, and ensuring that what they learn can be applied in practical mission and ministry. Strong emphasis is also placed on spirituality, worship and prayer.
All three of these seminarians will now be considered to become Licensed Lay Ministers, and, if they are called by God, for Holy Orders.
[In the photo, the seminarians are dressed in black cassocks, and from left to right are Nestor, Zoila and Daniel; also in the photo are the Revs. Juan Carlos Revilla, Ron Robertson, Allen Hill and Justo Maqque, and the Bishop and seminarian Danjer]

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