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Pastor Fr. Fernando Orejuela (A.I.C.) evicts Society of St. Vincent de Paul from St. Boniface Catholic Church in Pembroke Pines, FL

July 14, 2014 4 comments

St. Boniface Catholic Church in Pembroke Pines, FLI wouldn’t believe it if I didn’t see it first hand, but the new pastor of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Pembroke Pines, FL is making some major changes at his parish.  His preoccupation with all the Spanish ministries has left the ignored English-only speaking parishoners (many lifelong and elderly members) to leave their “neighborhood” parish and pilgrimage to other churches.

It’s a different parish than even a few years ago.  There has always been a great need for Spanish ministries in the parish neighborhood, but now they make phonecalls to parishoners for donations to buy personal translating devices so English speakers can understand what is being said.  I could understand if the parish is a “mission parish” like San Isidro Mission in Pampano Beach, but marginalizing the English speakers is a poor pastoral example.     

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

In the past few days, the pastor wrote a letter to one of their longest working ministries, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (Archdiocese of Miami council link), to vacate the premises by the end of the month (10 days away).  They need to shut down their parish food pantry to make room for a bigger chapel.  Not even meeting with the ministry volunteers, but writing a letter while the ministry head was sick in the hospital, only to return home to an eviction letter from their pastor for a ministry they volunteer their time on a daily basis.

Why would they turn away an independent organization that provides for the needs of the needy (with food, clothing, money, support, prayer, etc.)?  Many depend on selfless groups like St. Vincent de Paul for essentials.  I hope and pray the parish can continue to meet the needs of the suffering of the parish, while redecorating the rectory with expensive new furniture. 

I don’t know much about who this new pastor is, but I hope his changes are just a case of poor communication and mistaken perception of his vision and direction for the parish. 

Fr. Fernando Orejuela, A.I.C.Pastor Fr. Fernando Orejuela, A.I.C. is a religious priest from the order of La Sociedad de la Inmaculada Concepcion (Society of the Immaculate Conception) from Colombia.  He has an active following on YouTube and through Spanish radio/tv shows.  The charism of his religious order is:

El Carisma de nuestra Sociedad de la Inmaculada Concepción es: “Aceptar, vivir y proclamar el Señorío de Jesucristo, a imitación de la Santísima Virgen María en la Iglesia y en el mundo, en orden a la Cristofinalización” (Cf. Ef. 1,10)

which I Google translated into:  “The charism of the Society of the Immaculate Conception is: “Accept, live and proclaim the Lordship of Jesus Christ, in imitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Church and in the world, in order to renew in Christ everything that exists through him in heaven and on earth” (cf. Eph 1. 10)

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young adult retreat @ St Vincent DePaul Seminary

January 30, 2010 1 comment

First time ever, the seminarians at St Vincent DePaul Regional Seminary in Boyton Beach, FL led a retreat open for young adult of the Palm Beach Diocese.  I heard about it through my friends on FaceBook.  It was a Spirit-filled retreat … simple schedule … 3 seminarian testimonies … deep small group discussion … Benediction & Adoration … and lots of social time.

Even though I couldn’t stay for the whole retreat, I’m grateful to have been invited and grateful to see by brother seminarians at their finest at “home.”

Hopefully, with their great turnout, they can do more events to not only reach out to the community, but keep vocations on everyone’s minds and prayers!

See the Florida Catholic article that promoted the events.

Here’s some pictures I took of their beautiful chapel on campus:

Pre-T chapels blessing

Pre-Theology Night Prayer @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FLPre-Theology Night Prayer @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FLOur off-campus Pre-Theology homes were finally ready to have their individual chapels blessed.  Each of the 2 homes have room designated as an adoration chapel with the Blessed Sacrament exposed (not yet … that’s Saturday morning Mass in our back yards).  We have a red candle holder, holy water font, alter and tabernacle in each, so far. 

Us 12 Pre-Theologian seminarians had Night Prayer together and then blessed each chapel seperately (with some book delays).  — Beautiful.

Pre-T chapel tabernacle @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL Pre-T chapel tabernacle @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL Pre-T chapel tabernacle @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL

St Brendan chapel + SJV chapel

February 5, 2008 2 comments

Adoration Chapel @ St Brendan Catholic Church, Miami, FLAdoration Chapel @ St Brendan Catholic Church, Miami, FLAfter a long evening walk with some seminarian brothers, we stopped at St Brendan’s Catholic Church adoration chapel since it’s next door to the seminary grounds.  Actually, last September 2007, this adoration chapel was the site of an alleged sillouette of the Holy Family on a white tapistry.  The sillouette was cast by a shadow from a candle.  The alleged event lasted a few day and even made it in the local Miami Herald.  — this is my first time in the beautiful chapel myself.

Adoration Chapel @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FLI also took a picture a few days ago of one of our seminary adoration chapels on campus here at St John Vianney College Seminary.  It’s located upstairs at the end of the hall of the seminary dormitory.  — a great place to spend time with the Lord

McCarthy House + new worklist

January 16, 2008 Leave a comment

NEW WORKLIST JOB — we got new semester “Worklist Jobs” (on Wed afternoons) and “House Jobs” (daily) today.  For worklist, I am “Head of McCarthy House.”  There are 4 of us seminarians that clean the priest residence & faculty offices.  Garbage, sweep, mop, dust, vacuum, & stock fridge drinks.  For house job, 2 of us have McCarthy House … basically we check on the house daily for minor clean-up and maintenance.  — my favorite part is the beautiful McCarthy House Chapel
McCarthy House @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL McCarthy House Chapel@ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL McCarthy House hall@ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL

DOTS — “PB” left — Holy Hour incense — keep the Church in my discernment — MP3 curse

St Bonaventure Catholic Church in Davie or Weston, FL

October 18, 2007 9 comments

Today, on mid-semester break, I went to St Bonaventure Catholic Church to pray in their chapel.  I caught the end of their school childrens’ Mass with lively music (like “South to the NORTH!”) and a presentation for “Hispanic Heritage Month.”  — nice Mass, but I didn’t recognize the Eucharistic Prayer for concecration … there must be a “children’s liturgy” I don’t know about.
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After asking 3 people, I finally found the chapel for a holy hour. Very spacious, beautiful altar, stained glass and a side area with Mary & candles.
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St Katherine Drexel Parish, Weston, FL

October 16, 2007 2 comments

St Katherine Drexel Church chapel, Weston, FLSt Katherine Drexel Church chapel, Weston, FLToday, while on mid-semester break, I went to St Katherine Drexel Parish in Weston for daily Mass.  At 8:15am the Deacon led Morning Prayer and then did a Communion Service at 8:30am.  A beautiful chapel to spend some time in.