Join Pope Francis in Celebrating a Special Ordination

Join Pope Francis in Celebrating a Special Ordination

Father Pinto Costa, O.M.I. considers himself to be a typical Oblate priest. But there wasn't anything typical about his ordination Last December. The man presiding at the ceremony - Pope Francis!

"It was truly a great gift to be consecrated by the Holy Father," said Fr.Pinto. "It brought endless peace to my heart."

And when Pope Francis ordained Fr. Pinto, he gave the newest Oblates priest a little bit of advice.

"Carry out the ministry of Christ the Priest with constant joy and genuine love," Pope Francis told Fr. Pinto. "Attend not to your own concerns but to those of Jesus Christ."

And that is exactly what Fr. Pinto is doing today.

Father Pinto ministers at St. Paul Church in Rajshahi. It is a humble place where he works and lives among the poorest of the poor. Father Pinto recently emailed me about his ministry.

"I especially enjoy offering Mass for the faithful as well as visiting families and with the sick. At present I work with indigenous communities, the Shantal and Mahali. Most of them are very poor; suffer from lack of water, education and other basic human needs. One thing I have experienced is that though they do not have many things, their hearts are very big. They love me so much!'

Isn't that what we all want in life, to be loved so much? Father Pinto is truly blessed!

After reading Fr. Pinto's email, I asked him for a favor - could he pray for Oblate benefactors like you who make his missionary work possible. He enthusiastically replied yes.

In addition to Fr. Pinto, another Oblate in Bangladesh want to pray for you. Bishop Bejoy D' Cruze, O.M.I. leads the diocese of Sylhet and sent me this beautiful photo of him welcoming Pope Francis to Bangladesh. Bishop Bejoy's diocese is humble, just seven parishes and 11 mission center. Four of the parishes are in the care of the Oblates.

"We are a poor Church with poor priests and a poor bishop," said Bp. Bejoy. "So it is a great help for us when we receive donations from people in the United States who want to help us continue our missions."

Can you help Bp. Bejoy and Fr. Pinto along with Oblates in Bangladesh and around the world, continue their mission? Your sacrifice will bring Christ's healing presence to the poor in Bangladesh. In return for your generosity, you may request a beautiful Pope Francis devotional item. You may also have a Votive Candle lit for you or a loved one.

Prayer is also a wonderful way that we can be connected to our Oblate missionaries in Bangladesh and around the world.

Father Pinto said one sentence particularly impacted him during Pope Francis' homily at his ordination - "Impart to everyone the Word of God which you have received with joy." Please help Fr. Pinto, Bp. Bejoy and the Oblates in Bangladesh spread the word of God with joy. And know that they and I are remembering your needs at Mass and in our prayers.

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