Posted on February 14, 2016 in: Pastor's Thoughts

Dear Parishioniers,

Peace and blessings to all of you!  I pray this note finds you all well!  The weather has definitely been interesting in the last couple of weeks, we hope everyone is keeping warm and staying indoors.  Just a quick note to invite you all to our upcoming Parish Mission - Born For Mercy presented by a talented and dynamic young priest of the Missionaries of Charity Fathers.  Please invite your friends and families to this joyous event.

Below is a little bio of Fr. Juan Pablo Rodriguez, I am sure that you will find him to be engligtening.  God bless and keep you all in his love.  We hope to see you on Thursday February 18, 2016.



 Father Juan Pablo Rodríguez M., M.C. was born in Cali, Colombia on September 23rd, 1981.  He completed his basic education and travelled to Newport News, VA, to finish High School.  He graduated from Peninsula Catholic High School in 2000 and went on to obtain a B.S. in Biochemistry with a minor in Philosophy at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA in 2004.  During high school he distanced himself from the Church and even persecuted the Catholic faith, but was won over by the truths of the Mass and Holy Eucharist.  While in college, he continued to grow in and defend his faith, while being active in youth ministry and evangelization.  After college and with much discernment, he declined an offer to the doctoral program of Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame to become a lay missionary of the poor in Honduras, Central America as a member of the Missioners of Christ and in collaboration with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal.

During his mission experience he met the Missionaries of Charity (M.C.) and discerned a call to the priesthood and religious life in the charism of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

He joined the Missionaries of Charity Fathers in 2006 in Tijuana, Mexico, where he obtained a degree in Philosophy and prepared to make religious vows. After his profession of temporary vows in Mexico City, he travelled to Rome and obtained his Bachelor of Sacred Theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas and a Licentiate in Spiritual Theology with specialization in vocational formation at the Gregorian Pontifical University. He made final vows in January 2014 and was ordained to the priesthood on June 28, 2014.

Fr. Juan Pablo currently resides in Rome where he serves the poorest of the poor in the maximum security prison, partaking in the evangelization amongst the homeless and migrants, and helping with the development of the Mother Teresa Center for Evangelization. He is a vocational promoter and assists his community and the M.C. Sisters in the formation of their new members. 

Fr. Juan Pablo is excited about his visit to Missouri and to be able to share the spirituality of Blessed Mother Teresa, as well as proclaim in this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy the tender and merciful Love of God.  


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