By Andres Rivera
Department of Communications
Department of Communications
Q. How do you address a bishop?
“Well, bishop is fine. Remember that I am a priest. I will always be a priest, so father would work. In truth the term bishop is not a title but a mission. Just like being a priest is not about having the title, but having the mission to serve as a priest.”
Q. Can we see your ring? Why do you wear it?
“My ring was given to me by my parents when I became a bishop. It has the date of my ordination and my motto, ‘Omnibus Servire in Caritate’ which means ‘To Serve all with Love.’ What does your wedding ring mean? It is a sign of the commitment you have made to your husband or wife. The same is true for me. The ring is a reminder that I am not free. I am married to the Church. People might think that just because I am not married, I am free to do what I please. I think of myself as married. It is difficult for me when I am filling out forms and it asks me to put down single or married. I want to put down married, because that is how I feel. I never take off my ring. Not because others need to be reminded of who I am, but because I use it to remind me of my commitment to the Church.”
Q. What is your prayer for the Diocese?
“My prayer for the Diocese is that we, as a Church, come to know that Christ is at the center of our lives. I pray that we try to fulfill the mission that he has given us, to bring others to Christ. I also pray that we may be able to be one Church, celebrating our diversity. Since day one, our church has been one in diversity. I pray that we may be able to embrace our diversity.”
Q. What can we do to teach young adults who are not religious the greatness of our faith?
“Pope Francis is calling us to be evangelizers. But we can’t really teach faith. Faith is something that comes from conversion. It comes from an encounter with the Lord. How do we share our faith? By being an example. You cannot explain faith; you cannot try to reason with it. It has to do with trust. The same goes with Love. Love cannot be reduced to logic. Faith and love have to do with trust more than logic.”
Q. Who is your favorite super hero?
“You can tell I am with young adults, because of this question, haha. I really don’t have a favorite super hero. Ever since I was young, I looked up to the saints. They were and are my heroes. I understand that super heroes have this human quality to aspire to, but I still think that the saints are my heroes. If I had to pick a favorite saint, I would have to say that I have always looked up to St. Francis of Assisi and St. Francis Xavier. Not before, but now I have grown to appreciate St. Teresa of Avila and Mother Teresa of Calcutta too. You know, the saints were not always holy. Even the saints went through troubling times. Have you heard of the “dark night of the soul” that St. John of the Cross talks about? It feels like a sense of abandonment from God and a loss of joy. St. Francis of Assisi, St. Therese of Lisieux, and Mother Teresa went through this time….There may be a time when maybe you are tempted to think that we are wrong, that the others are right. That are Church got it wrong, but we can’t be like the others. We can’t be like the others, because God has chosen us. He chose us, because he loves us. So we should live in way so we can impact others with our lives.”