Today we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Divine Providence, principal patroness of the entire Puerto Rican nation. She was declared patroness by decree of Pope St. Paul VI on November 19, 1969 and canonically crowned in 1976. The Solemnity of the Virgin is celebrated to coincide with the anniversary of the discovery of Puerto Rico on November 19, 1493. The two great affections of Puerto Ricans, love for their precious
On Friday, October 7, 2022, in Valencia (Spain), a charity dinner was held to promote and support priestly vocations, in particular those of the Pontifical International College Maria Mater Ecclesiae. The dinner was organized by the Sacred and Military Constantinian Order of St. George, one of the oldest international equestrian-religious orders of the three still active in the world today. Its Grand Master is H.R.H. Pedro de Borbón Dos Sicilias y
From Sept. 12 to 16, seminarians in the 2nd and 3rd year of theology had a series of conferences on affectivity. The lectures were given by Marta Rodriguez, a consecrated member of Regnum Christi who currently works with L'Osservatore Romano in the supplement "Women, Church and World."
Sunday, March 27. Msgr. Aloysius Fondong presided over the Eucharistic concelebration with the community of student priests, as he will travel to Cameroon on Thursday the 31st for his episcopal ordination, which will take place in Mamfe on May 5. In his homily, Fr. Paul Remjika, dean of student priests, thanked Bishop Fondong for his witness during these three years at Mater Ecclesiae and commented on the readings for the
On Saturday, March 26, the Mater Ecclesiae community took a trip to the city of Spoleto. They had the Eucharistic Celebration in the "Chapel of the Holy Icon", located in the Cathedral, where we had the opportunity to learn about the art and architecture behind five centuries of history behind the Cathedral. Afterwards we had the opportunity to walk through the streets of the beautiful city of Spoleto.
On Saturday, March 19, the Solemnity of St. Joseph, seven seminarians from Puerto Rico, Mexico, Ecuador and Venezuela were admitted to Holy Orders. The celebration was presided over by Monsignor Vincenzo Viva, Bishop of Albano. The celebration took place in the chapel of the International College Maria Mater Ecclesiae. In his homily, Msgr. Vincenzo stressed the importance of becoming disciples of Jesus on the path to ordained ministry, guided by an epiphany
Mons. Aloysius Fondong, a member of the community of student priests of Mater Ecclesiae presented his doctoral defense today at the Pontifical Urbaniana University. The topic of the thesis is: Parish goods and its administration in a Diocese: A study of Canon 532 of the 1983 code of Canon Law case in the diocese of Buea. We congratulate Bishop Aloysius for this great academic achievement.
On February 26, the Mater Ecclesiae community had a cultural and recreational outing to the Benedictine Monastery of Subiaco, as well as to Monte Livata. For some of the seminarians it was the first time they had seen snow. It was an extraordinary day of hiking and sharing. Not only did we get to see the snow, but we also saw snow, which made the scenery even more majestic. In
The importance of vocations is always a commitment of every Christian. For this reason, Monday's conference was dedicated to vocation ministry. The speaker was Fr. José Meléndez, L.C. who shared with us not only his experiences in vocation promotion, but also the importance of forming from the beginning those young people who show vocational interest.
A Symposium on the Priesthood was held in Rome from February 17-19. Formators and some seminarians participated in this event. They were intense days with great speakers, such as Card. Marc Ouellet, Card. Luis Antonio Tagle, Card. Kurt Koch, among others. The three days allowed us to echo the value of the priest and his mission in the world.