On Saturday, March 25, 2023, the Solemnity of the Annunciation, Friar Angel GARCIA was ordained to the priesthood by our confrere the Most Reverend John STOWE, OFM Conv., Bishop of Lexington, Kentucky, USA.
The ordination was held at the St. Paul Parish Church in San Pablo, California, USA, where Friar Angel carried out his apostolic year and part of his diaconal experience. Friar Angel is a native of El Salvador and has family in El Salvador and in Los Angeles, California. His mother and one of his sisters, who is a religious sister, were able to come from El Salvador for the ordination. His family in Los Angeles drove up for the occasion. California has been having an unusual rainy season, but on the day of the ordination it was clear and sunny.
The parish church was filled with friars from the Province, members of the student community from San Antonio, Texas, USA (where Friar Angel did his theological studies), the novitiate community from Arroyo Grande, California, and hundreds of parishioners representing the various groups active within the parish. Following the ordination, a reception was held in the parish hall. Friar Angel will remain at St. Paul Parish, assisting our three friars who are currently ministering there.
Brother James REITER, Vicar Provincial/Provincial Secretary