In Guadalajara, Fr. Daniel Heenan, Fr. Jesus Valenzuela and Fr. Yuri Santos de Farias run the thriving parish of Our Lady of Pillar, which recently hosted the Fraternity’s first ordination in Guadalajara when Cardinal Burke went to ordain Deacon Javier Ruiz Velasco Aguilar on June 12th, 2020. Additionally, Casa Cristo Rey, the house of discernment for Spanish speakers, now has five Candidates.
The St. Junipero Serra Institute, FSSP Guadalajara’s Spanish language immersion program for seminarians and priests from the US and Canada, continues to flourish. The SJS Institute provides an opportunity for diocesan and religious priests to learn the language in a program dedicated to priestly ministry while also maintaining their religious identity and continuing to offer Mass and pray the Divine Office in community. You can learn more about SJS here.
- Mexico has a population of 109,995,400
- Mexico City is the oldest city in North America and one of the largest cities in the world; it is larger than New York City
- Mexico is only second to Brazil in number of Catholics
- Guadalajara, Jalisco is the second largest city in Mexico and is known as the “soul of Mexico.” It was the heart of the Cristero Revolution in the early 20th century
- The average Mexican only finishes grade 6
- Over 54% of the population lives in poverty, meaning they live on less than $4 US a day
- Many families live in single-room brick structures erected on land that floods when it rains. Housing shortage is significant in the country
St. Peter in Chains Parish
The Fraternity of Saint Peter was proud to open a new apostolate in Guadalajara called the Parish of St. Peter in Chains with Fr. Jonathan Romanoski and Fr. Daniel Heenan. Additionally, a new house of formation for young men discerning has opened called Casa Cristo Rey. The need for a place of priestly formation in Latin America is urgent. This is a very exciting step for the work of the Fraternity in foreign apostolates!
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Chapel of the Immaculate Conception
In October of 2014, the Fraternity of Saint Peter was invited by the Archdiocese of Mexico City to start a full time apostolate. The historic Chapel of the Immaculate Conception of Salto del Agua, in the center of Mexico City, has been chosen as the home for the community. Fr. Kenneth Fryar, who had originally served as pastor at the Fraternity parish in Guadalajara, resides at the chapel.
The Fraternity is most grateful to Cardinal Noberto Rivera Carrera for his invitation to serve the faithful in the capital city and home to Our Lady of Guadalupe.
ST. JUNIPERO SERRA SPANISH INSTITUTE
“What is the single greatest need in the priesthood today? It is holiness.” – Fr. John Hardon, SJ. A 9 week immersion program for priests and seminarians. Click below to read more.
CASA CRISTO REY
Click here to learn more about our house of formation in Latin American for young men discerning God’s call in their life.