In the last few months of 2016, the Archbishop of Cusco, Archbishop Richard Daniel Alarcón Urrutia, granted us two visits to our homes.
On Friday 25th November, the Archbishop acme to the City of Boys (Andahuaylillas) in order to administrate the sacrament of Confirmation to 14 boys from our school, “Francisco y Jacinta Marto”. After the celebration, the Archbishop visited the house and had lunch with the whole community.
Those boys will finish secondary school next year, and will go out into the world of work, or to university (or both), a world in which they will be called to give a brave testimony of their faith. And so it was a great joy to receive our Archbishop so that he might administer the sacrament that confers to us the plenitude of baptismal grace, converting us into true “soldiers of Christ”. In fact, as the Catechism reminds us (CCC 1285), citing the Second Vatican Council (cf. the Dogmatic Constitution Lumen Gentium, n.11):
For the Baptised “They are more perfectly bound to the Church by the sacrament of Confirmation, and the Holy Spirit endows them with special strength so that they are more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith, both by word and by deed, as true witnesses of Christ“.
We commend these boys to your prayers, that they may be always docile to the action of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
A few days later, on 12th December, when the Church celebrates the liturgical memory of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Archbishop visited the Home of our Sisters in Cusco, with Father Ernesto Cucho Dolmos, Vicar Episcopal for the Clergy. On this occasion our Archbishop consecrated the altar in the Chapel of our Sisters.
Before the celebration, the Sisters wished to entertain the Archbishop, who came with his elderly mother, Andrea Urrutia Vega, with theatre and typical Cusqueñan music.
Afterwards, all the priests of the Movement concelebrated the Mass, presided by the Archbishop. It was a beautiful celebration in which all the missionary families took part, many Sisters left their stations in the High Cordillera especially for this occasion, and, of course, the children cared for by our Sisters in the Home joined in the celebration.
On both occasions, 12th December and 25th November, the seminarians from our Minor Seminary “San Luis Gonzaga”, served on the altar. We hope that they grow in number and fervour, so that there might be many priests in the Movement in the future.
Archbishop Richard Daniel, born in Lima on 10th April 1952, was named Archbishop of Cusco by Pope Francis on 27th October 2014, while he was the Bishop of Tarma. He took up his position on 3rd January 2015. Since then he has always shown us his closeness, and we remember him every day in our prayers. May God grant him good health and all the graces that he needs to guide the Church of Cusco!