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Sunday, 16 August 2020 20:48

The Episcopal Ordination of Msgr. Luis Francisco Miranda Rivera, O. Carm.

On August 15, 2020, the Solemnity of the Assumption of  Mary, the episcopal ordination of  Msgr. Luis Francisco Miranda Rivera, O. Carm., Bishop of the Diocese of Yunque, Fajardo-Humacao, was celebrated at 10:00 a.m.

Due to the impact of the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, and to respect the measures established by the health authorities, the consecration was held at the Marcelo Trujillo Panisse Coliseum in Humacao.

Msgr. Roberto Octavio González Nieves, Metropolitan Archbishop of San Juan, presided over the episcopal ordination. Msgr. Ghaleb Moussa Abdallah Bader, Apostolic Delegate for Puerto Rico, read the apostolic mandate of His Holiness Pope Francis.

Bishop Eusebio Ramos, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Fajardo-Humacao, was in charge of introducing those attending the celebration: the Episcopal College of Puerto Rico, the civil authorities, as well as the presence of the Carmelite Order, represented by Fr. Jorge Luis Rivera Maldonado, O.Carm., Commissary of the Antilles, who read, on behalf of the entire Order, the congratulations of the Prior General, Fr. Míceál O'Neill, O.Carm.

The parish Carmelite communities of Añasco, Mayagüez, Ciales, Morovis, Santa Teresita and the Luis Llorens Torres Residential Home, actively participated in the celebration.

The new bishop requested, in his final address, the apostolic zeal of the prophet Elijah to accompany the diocese (cf. 1 Kings 19,7-8), and he made mention of his 40th anniversary of consecrated life in the Carmelite Order and the jubilee of the first centenary of the presence of the Carmelite friars in Puerto Rico.

He invited all those present to be a "Church which goes out", ready to work in evangelization, and, by its apostolic communion, to make the Kingdom of God visible. He pointed out that he dreams of a united diocese, where everyone feels integrated, and in which each one, in his or her particular vocation (laity, religious and diocesan clergy) helps the growth of the People of God. As a challenge, he underlined his desire to serve and to listen to everyone, to found a contemplative feminine Carmel in the Diocese, to extend the communities of the TOC, to promote the domestic church, and to work, through a spirituality of communion, with the ecumenical movement of  Puerto Rico.