Saturday, December 4, 2010

Pastor of Nativity of Our Lady Parish

At the end of an Ordination Ceremony for 16 new priests for the Archdiocese of Brasília, Archbishop João Braz de Aviz announced the appointments to new parishes of 50 of the Archdiocese's priests.

Among them I was named Pastor of Nativity of Our Lady Parish in Ceilândia, on the outskirts of Brasília.

Nativity is not yet a parish. It is a Chapel pertaining to Resurrection Parish in the same city.

On a day yet to be set, the Chapel will be elevated to a Parish and I will be installed as its first pastor. It will be quite a challenge.

As such, the chapel is already built. But since it depends on another parish, the whole structure has to be put in place: secretariat with all the books for registering baptisms, confirmations etc, a bank account, a parish council, and a rectory. For the time being I will have to rent an apartment until a proper rectory can be built on the parish grounds.

I am looking forward to this new challenge. At the same time I am very grateful to Archbishop João for his confidence in me. I ask you for your prayers.