By Katie Chrisman
Andres Ayala was ordained to the priesthood on December 9 at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Pueblo in front his family from Mexico, numerous friends and parishioners from across the diocese.
In the Rite of Ordination during Mass, Deacon Andres made promises of fidelity to his ministry and obedience to the bishop. In the ancient Tradition of the Catholic Church, the bishop laid hands on him and prayed the prayer of ordination over him. Finally, the hands of the newly-ordained, Father Andres, are anointed with sacred chrism and the chalice and paten are given.
In his homily, Bishop Isern addressed then “Deacon” Andres, saying, “If you are nourished by prayer, faithfulness and generosity will prevail and your ministry will be fruitful in ways you never could have imagined.” He went on to urge him to lead a priesthood in constant service in the parish. “Your mission, then, will be to be immersed in prayer, teaching and service with the people to whom you are sent,” he said.
Drawing from his own experience as a priest, Bishop Isern described his own priesthood as a “wonderful experience of God and of people, leading me into marvelous and unexpected opportunities of personal growth and enrichment as I serve God and humanity.”