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New Sodalit Priest in Chile

Fr. Carlos Zamalloa with his family and Bishop Cristián Castro, Auxiliary Bishop of Santiago de Chile.

Fr. Carlos Zamalloa with his family and Bishop Cristián Castro, Auxiliary Bishop of Santiago de Chile.

Our brother Carlos Zamalloa Cáceres was ordained a Priest of the Lord on December 3rd at a Holy Mass presided over by Bishop Cristián Castro Toovey, Auxiliary Bishop of Santiago de Chile, in the Basilica of Nuestra Señora del Carmen, located in the Chilean commune of Maipú in that city.

Present at the Holy Mass were Marcello Carrillo, General Assistant for Spirituality of the Sodalitium, Rafael Otero and various priests from the diocese of Santiago de Chile.  Father Carlos was also accompanied by his family, our Sodalit brothers and members of the spiritual family.

Recitation of the litanies during the priestly ordination of our brother Carlos Zamalloa

Recitation of the litanies during the priestly ordination of our brother Carlos Zamalloa.

During the homily, Bishop Castro stressed to Carlos that his “pastoral and ministerial life will be, in the first place, as Jesus teaches us, going to announce the Gospel to the whole world.  You have the example of so many people who have been helping you and who are present today in your process of human and Christian formation.  You have your parents who are there with your relatives and accompany you with such affection.  You have your formators and your Sodalitium community and so many brothers together with your formation companions and the communities that have known and valued you on your journey carried out with them in favor of evangelization”.

Later, the Bishop reminded him that “the Sacrament of Holy Orders that you receive today, Carlos, is not for you nor does it belong to you.  The sacrament is in view of the good of the Church.  It is not a power and less a social status.  The Sacrament of Orders that you receive today is from Jesus Christ for his Church and the world.  For the same reason, you will have to fight all your life to decenter yourself and return to Jesus Christ and put Him at the center of everyone and everything”.

Fr. Carlos Zamalloa giving Holy Communion to his mother.

Fr. Carlos Zamalloa giving Holy Communion to his mother.

After the Holy Mass, the attendees had the opportunity to greet and congratulate the new priest for this important step he is taking in his vocational life.

Regarding his ordination, Carlos reflected on the Bishop’s words, emphasizing that “it is important to recognize that the priesthood is not mine, it is not something that I have to appropriate, but rather it is something that I have to put at the service of the church.  Listening to him that day was very important for me, because I remembered what I am consecrating myself to, what I am giving my life to the Lord for: to be a faithful servant, a generous servant and a dignified servant who can go to the banquet of his Lord, as says the Gospel”.

Carlos Zamalloa Cáceres, a native of Peru, has been living in Chile since 2010 where he has worked in the youth apostolate and in pastoral work related to the Mother of the Apostles Parish. Carlos has studied Philosophy and Theology at the Catholic University of Chile. Carlos was ordained a Deacon on March 12th.

Fr. Carlos Zamalloa with Bishop Cristián Castro, Fr. Marcello Carrillo and the Sodalits of the Chilean community.

Fr. Carlos Zamalloa with Bishop Cristián Castro, Fr. Marcello Carrillo and the Sodalits of the Chilean community.