By Liz Sullivan
A long-standing tradition in the Diocese of San José took place on September 5 when the annual Welcoming and Commissioning Day was held at the Church of the Transfiguration.
This year’s theme was “Stay with Us.” The day-long event offered an opportunity for pastoral ministry leaders to renew friendships and welcome newcomers.
Bishop Oscar Cantú was the keynote speaker and celebrated the Mass where new ministers are commissioned. The event is sponsored by the departments of Faith Formation, Hispanic Apostolate and Youth & Young Adults.
More than 90 catechetical leaders from across the Diocese attended.
“We must reflect on our own experience on the Road to Emmaus and have Christ walk with us,” said Bishop Cantú, referring to one of the earliest resurrection appearances of Jesus after his crucifixion and the discovery of the empty tomb.
The Bishop added: “that moment of transfiguration plants seeds of hope and seeds of joy in us. We must now go out with hope and joy and share our own experience.”
Robert Rodrigues, Director of Faith Formation for the Diocese, opened the day by reminding everyone of its purpose.
“We gather to reflect, to pray and to pause,” he said. “We look at intrinsically at what we do.”
Among those receiving Master Catechist Certificates were: Sister Maria de Foy, Jose Luis Rodriguez, Gladys Leon, Patricia Berrios, Juan A. Berrios, and Maria Miranda.
“Each of us has a story to tell,” said Bishop Cantú. “As we tell our story we learn something about ourselves. We learn how we connect with the world and how God is involved in the story.
The Bishop also added: “the transfiguration (where Jesus becomes radiant in glory upon a mountain) can’t only happen once; it has to happen over and over again.”