Thy Kingdom Come!

Dear friends,

A few months ago, I assumed the office as Rector of the Pontifical International College Maria Mater Ecclesiae of Rome, an appointment that arrived to me by surprise while I was carrying out my priestly ministry as novice master in Salamanca, Spain. In this new mission, I recognize the will of the Lord who calls me to serve and collaborate with Him in the formation of the seminarians who come from different parts of the world to continue their formation in our College.

I have found a beautiful atmosphere here in both the formators and seminarians. An atmosphere that is spiritual and human at the same time in which each one commits himself to be an authentic witness of Christ and transmit His love to others. I thank my fellow formators and all the staff for welcoming me with fraternal love in these first months. I see that the seminarians are preparing themselves with ardor and commitment to become good priests and then, eventually, formators in their dioceses; I greatly rejoice because of that.

In fact, I am aware of the great responsibility that all of us formators have, because the Church needs priests who are well-prepared humanly, spiritually and intellectually, in order to respond adequately to the challenges of today's evangelization. Priests filled with the love of God, capable of bringing this infinite love to all the people of the world, love made out of tenderness, mercy, understanding, service and works of material and spiritual charity.

The formative task of this College is to ensure that, as Pope Francis said - the human, intellectual and spiritual formation flow naturally into the pastoral formation, to which they provide tools and virtues and personal dispositions. When all this is harmonized and merged with a genuine missionary zeal, along the path of a whole life, the priest can fulfill the mission entrusted by Christ to his Church.

This is our profound desire and for this we pray and work every day. I also ask your prayers and, if possible, your help.


In Christ, Fr. Enrique Tapia, LC