Sunday, September 29th, was a very special day for the Idente Missionaries of New York. Our brother Roland Paul Pereira made his perpetual vows during the celebration of the Eucharist at Our Lady of Loreto Church in Hempstead. The President of the Institute, Fr. Jesús Fernández Hernández, received Roland’s vows during his apostolic visit to New York. The audience was about 1,200 people.
Luis Casasús, Superior General of the men’s branch of the Idente Missionaries, celebrated the Mass, which was concelebrated by our brothers Fernando Real, General Procurator, José María López Sevillano, President of the Idente School, and Robert Badillo, Provincial Superior of the men’s branch in the United States, as well as the Rector of the Archdiocesan seminary, Msgr. Peter Vaccari. Also present were the Superior General of the women’s branch of the Idente missionaries, María del Carmen García Viyuela, and the Provincial Superior of the women’s branch in the United States, Elaine Schenk.
During the homily, our President exhorted everyone to not only to know, but to feel that we truly are children of our Heavenly Father. In this way, when we pray the Our Father, we are not only saying words, but expressing the love we have for Him.
Many parishioners and families from Our Lady of Loreto were present to accompany our dear brother. including teenagers from the Idente Youth, who were present to accompany our dear brother. At the reception that followed the Mass, they took the opportunity to congratulate him personally. Many of them, particularly the young people, members of Idente Youth, were deeply touched by Roland’s consecration.
May Christ preserve his vocation and be a source of inspiration for many other young people like him!