This is an unprecedented event for the Church in the Philippines: Three brothers were ordained priests on the same day and in the same religious congregation.
Jessie, Jestonie and Jerson Avenido were ordained on Wednesday, September 8, the day of the Nativity of the Virgin, for the Congregation of the Sacred Stigmata (known as Stigmatines), an Italian order. The celebration, presided over by Bishop José Cabantan, took place in the Cathedral of Cagayán de Oro, Philippines, and was reported on in an article in UCA News.
“It is a blessing to have a priest in the family, but three is special,” rejoiced the priests’ parents. Their father, a farmer and security guard, and their mother, a babysitter, come from a very modest background, but they have never lacked love.
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