LATIN AMERICAEpiscopal ordination of Bishop Salcedo
The Coliseo del Colegio Salesiano Santa Rosa in Huancayo served as a temporary "Cathedral” for the April 17 episcopal ordination of Oblate Bishop Carlos SALCEDO OJEDA, the first Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Huancayo and the first Peruvian Oblate bishop. Pope Francis had named him to that service in the Church on January 30, 2016.
At the time of his nomination, he was serving as parish priest in Huancayo and as Coordinator of Justice and Peace for the Oblate Delegation of Peru. Born in 1960, Bishop Salcedo made his first profession of vows as an Oblate in 1990. After his ordination to the priesthood in 1996, he served in various parishes and also as an Oblate formator in both Peru and Paraguay.
Archbishop Pedro Barreto Jimeno, the Ordinary of Huancayo, presided at the ordination, assisted by Archbishop Salvador Piñeiro García Calderón of Ayacucho and Archbishop Miguel Cabrejos Vidarte of Trujillo. It was the first episcopal ordination to take place in the city of Huancayo.
The new bishop’s coat of arms is very clearly based on the one designed by St. Eugene de Mazenod for his Oblates: the cross, the crown of thorns and the instruments of the passion. His episcopal motto is: "Enviado para dar buenas nuevas a los pobres (Sent to bring good news to the poor)”.
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The Refugio San Eugenio is in the area of Virrey del Pino, in the Buenos Aires district of La Matanza. There is an internet radio program; lunch for many kids; a scout group; and many youth who gather there "to cure their bodies and souls from the scourge of addiction.” They have various sport, recreational, social and missionary activities. Two Oblates serve at the Refugio: Frs. Sergio MENEGONI and Antonio MARIANGELI.
In April, the Bishop of Gregorio de Laferrere, Mons. Gabriel Barba, paid a visit to the Refugio that serves as a shelter for children and adolescents who are at risk. The bishop toured the facilities managed by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate and spoke with the children and adolescents who go there in search of a safe harbor.
"The bishop shared the whole afternoon with us,” stated one of the lay collaborators of the place.
Meanwhile, Father Sergio described the bishop’s visit as "an unforgettable afternoon” and he summed up the experience with one word: "Thanks.”
"First of all, to God who was present in so many ways: in a dazzlingly clear sky; in an atmosphere of total joy; in the testimonies of the youth; in the celebration of Mass which was the culmination of a wonderful feast,” he explained.
"Thanks too,” he added, "to Bishop Barba who, with his closeness, his simplicity and availability, mingled with the children and youth, sharing in their games, playing ping pong, giving interviews, chatting amiably, and enjoying the ever present mate and fried cakes.”
The religious stated: "Our hearts were full as we received words of encouragement from our shepherd for our work, inspiring us to continue being a ‘beacon of light’ in the neighborhood, radiating hope and life to the many needy youth.”
"What I have just said and for the many experiences we had, this afternoon will be remembered as something unforgettable: an afternoon full of blessings which touched our souls.” (http://www.aica.org)