Alejandro Estrada Pérez, CSB and José Alberto Juárez Sandoval, CSB Ordained to the Diaconate
Bishop Ricardo Ramírez, CSB ordained two of his Basilian confrères, Alejandro Estrada Pérez, CSB and José Alberto Juárez Sandoval, CSB, to the diaconate on Saturday, June 30. The ordination took place in the Parish of San Lorenzo, Deacon and Martyr in Tehuacán, Puebla, Mexico surrounded by those who have supported the scholastics in their formation, including the Basilians who minister in Mexico; members of their families; parishioners of San Lorenzo and members of various religious communities, especially the Missionary Catechists of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (also known as the Violetas) and the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Xalapa; the sisters who work with the Basilian community in Tehuacán; parishioners from St. John the Baptist in Tepeximilpa in Mexico City; and many friends.
They recently finished their studies in theology at the Pontifical University of Mexico (UPM) and have begun their appointments. Deacon Alejandro will serve at San Lorenzo Parish in Tehuacán, Mexico where he will perform baptisms, weddings, and blessings. “The call to serve as Deacon is the call to serve. I now have more responsibilities to the parishioners who previously saw me as a seminarian and a religious brother. This is a chance to not only serve others, but also to make God present in my own life and in society. I ask for prayers from everyone as I take this next step in my formation journey,” said Alejandro.
Deacon Alberto will serve in Cali, Colombia at the parish and school of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción. “Through this Ordination, I have the responsibility to act in the name of Jesus Christ as his collaborator in the evangelization of his life. The diaconate is the path of the service and preaching of Jesus Christ, not only with words, but with my actions. This will prepare me for the priesthood by making me more aware of the importance of my service to others,” he said.
Their ministries will prepare them for their presbyteral ordinations.