Opus Dei Prelate to ordain 42 priests
Bishop Javier Echevarría will ordain 42 new priests from 13 countries in the Basilica of St. Eugene on May 21.
Pablo Andrés Quintero studied information science in Medellín and Bogotá, Colombia. Since boyhood he aspired to be a great athlete and even an Olympian. He won an international youth championship in triathlon and several national competitions. “The training was very demanding since triathlon requires competence in three sports—swimming, cycling, and running. I decided to leave it behind because it would take too much time from my university studies.”
Pablo believes that the Holy Spirit “breathes hard” at an ordination and “pours out his grace not only on the priests but also their families and friends so as to bring them closer to God.” The news of his ordination “impressed many of my classmates and the teammates with whom I had spent so many hours in training. Right away they sent congratulations and assured me of their prayers.”
The ordination class of 42 includes 28 Europeans (Spanish, Italian, French, German, Portuguese), 11 from the Americas (including several Latin American countries), 2 Asians (Filipinos), and 1 African (Nigerian). They range in age from 27 (Pablo’s age) to 48.