Mirandela, Portugal, 2 July 2022 -
The TLS Vice-Province and the province Portugal are blessed with the ordination to the priesthood of Deacons Gregorio Haendel,SDB and Rafael Bonaparte,SDB through the imposition of hands and prayers of His Excellency Bishop Joaquim Augusto da Silva Mendes,SDB.
The ordination was held in Parochial Church of St. John Bosco Mirandela, Portugal.
Among those were present in the Eucharist Celebration; together with the Salesian Family of Portugal there were Fr. Apolinario Neto,SDB (Provincial), Fr. João Boavida,SDB (Currently studying in Rome), Fr. Domingos Caetano,SDB (Currently studying in Portugal), Fr. Salvador Mauhuno José, SDB (Currently working in the Salesian mission of Portugal)Dc. Cirílio de Deus,SDB (Timorese Missionary in Belgium), Timorese Salesian Clerics who are currently studying in Portugal. There were also some Timorese who were present in the ceremony.
The Newly ordained priests have just finished their theological studies in Portugal. The two have been scheduled to celebrate their first Mass in Timor-Leste in the near future.
Fr. Gregorio and Fr. Rafael is the third generation of the cooperation between Timor-Leste and Portugal. These two newly ordained priests are the first batch to be ordained in Portugal while the first and the second batch were ordained in Timor-Leste.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude for the Salesian Province of Portugal for accompanying our New and Young Salesian for their Practical Training and their Theological Studies. It is truly a real cooperation that needs to be strengthened.
Wishing you all a Fruitful Apostolate!
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