Argentine Priest Takes Permanent Oath as a Member of Maryknoll

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At the same ceremony, Seminarian John Siyumbu renews his vows and brother candidate Paul Shultz makes his first oath

 

Father Alejandro Marina, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, took his permanent oath as a Maryknoll missionary priest on May 25, 2020. He is the first foreign-born priest to incardinate into the Maryknoll Society.

Father Marina was ordained in 1993 for the Diocese of San Isidro, Argentina. As diocesan director of missions, he was sent to serve as a missioner in Holguín, Cuba, for four years. That, he says, is where his call to mission strengthened. He has a degree in dogmatic theology and has specialized in the area of missiology.

With the approval of the bishop of San Isidro, Father Marina joined the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers as a priest associate in 2012 and was assigned to work at the Maryknoll Missionary Center for Latin America, based in Cochabamba, Bolivia. His leadership skills led to his becoming director of that mission center from 2016 to 2019. He also taught anthropology at the Bolivian Catholic University.

Maryknoll Father Alejandro Marina (in blue) during an event organized by the Maryknoll Missionary Center for Latin America (CMMAL). Marina was director of the missionary center from 2016 to 2019. (Courtesy of CMMAL/Bolivia)

Maryknoll Father Alejandro Marina (in blue) during an event organized by the Maryknoll Missionary Center for Latin America (CMMAL). Marina was director of the missionary center from 2016 to 2019. (Courtesy of CMMAL/Bolivia)

“As you know, since 2012, I started an experience with the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers in Cochabamba, Bolivia. After a few years … I made the request for incardination in the missionary society of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers,” wrote Father Marina on his Facebook page, inviting his family and friends to attend, online, the ceremony where he took his permanent oath.

Observing the social distancing restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, Maryknoll Father Russell Feldemeier celebrated the ceremony behind closed doors at the Maryknoll House in Chicago, Ill.

At the same ceremony, which was broadcast on social media and made available on YouTube, Seminarian John Siyumbu from Kenya renewed his temporary oath to the Society for one year and Brother Candidate Paul Andrew Shultz, from Forsyth, Ill., made his first temporary oath to the Society for one year.

Featured Image: Maryknoll Father Russell Feldemeier (left) watches as Maryknoll Father Alejandro Marina takes his permanent oath as a Maryknoll priest during a ceremony at the Maryknoll Formation House in Chicago, Ill. (Screenshot of Maryknoll Society’s Oath Ceremony video/U.S.)

 

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David Aquije

David R. Aquije is a journalist born and educated in Lima, Peru, where he studied communications with a specialty in print journalism. He continued his journalism studies at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York, where he founded La Gaceta Bilingüe, the first newsletter for Latino students at that college. Later, he became the editor of América Latina, a monthly newspaper for the Westmore News publishing company in Port Chester, New York. Then he founded Westchester Latino, the first biweekly newspaper in Westchester County. His work within the Hispanic press was recognized in publications such as The Journal News and The New York Times. He has worked as a journalist reporting on the missions of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers in Africa, Asia and Latin America since 2000, first as associate editor of Revista Maryknoll magazine, now called Misioneros, and since 2010 as its editor. He has won many awards from the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada, including first place as Editor of the Year for Spanish publications.