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to God's Call
Here is the account of the personal journey of Father Hermes Diaz
Vargas, ordained on May 23, 2015, that led him to hear and answer God's
call to the priesthood. Let us pray for him and also pray that his
generous and faith-filled life inspire our young men to be open to
listening for a call to priesthood. The
photos and stories below are from the May 13, 2015 Issue of the Catholic
Advocate and from his parish St. Michael's Church.
beginning, I was so afraid to say yes to God,” Fr. Diaz, 38, explained.
Although he fell “in love with the Eucharist” at age 7 in his hometown of
San Bernardo in Tolima, Colombia, he was hesitant to answer “yes” to the
call. “I felt the presence of God in my life since I was very young,
around 6 - 10 years old. I saw many priests in my town, and I said to
myself that I would like to be like them some day.”
While studying financial administration in college, Fr. Diaz would
find solace by visiting the university’s chapel. “My best moments were
spending hours without words, contemplating Jesus in His sanctuary.”
Fr. Diaz entered the seminary in Colombia before attending
Immaculate Conception Seminary. “It was not easy to get a new country,
culture, and a new language, especially at the beginning of my thirties,
but the Spirit of God helped me a lot; God breaks the walls and makes
bridges, because He wants all His children find their mission, their
Fr. Diaz celebrated his first Mass at Saint Stephen Parish in
Kearny on May 24, where he also served as a deacon. He will celebrate his
first Mass at St. Michael's on Saturday, May 30 at 5:30 PM.
Here at Saint Vincent de Paul we received the good news as published
on the Advocate issue of October 2015 about the immediate transfer to our
parish of Father Hermes. We consider ourselves blessed by the Holy Spirit
for having sent us Fr. Hermes to serve the faithful of our parish.
On your mark - get ordained - go serve the
Fr. Hermes with friends from St. Michae's, his
D day 'Ordination" May 23, 2015
Parish celebration of
Father Hermes belated Birthday
and his 2nd Anniversary of Ordination
Sunday May 21, 2017 at Saint
Vincent de Paul Church Hall
Dear Father Hermes - How time flies. Two years ago you came to our parish
as a freshly ordained priest. Today our parish comes together to
celebrate your Bday and your 2 year of Ordination. We can without any doubt
say that your first two years of priesthood with us have been a Godsend
blessing. We gained a new priest, fresh out of the seminary, that was
eager to put into practice his long years of formation to the priesthood.
I am sure many remember your early days here. I am sure many have noticed
that you have not changed the good and the holiness way of celebrating
Mass you brought here from the seminary, especially at the solemn moment
when you elevate the Consecrated Host and present it to the congregation
and say the words “This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the
world”. It’s precisely that mark of a good and holy priest that we want
to encourage you to never change.
Thank you Father Hermes for being our Priest and our friend. God Bless
Estimado Padre Hermes - ¡Como vuela el tiempo! Dos años
atrás usted vino a nuestra parroquia como un recién ordenado sacerdote.
Hoy nuestra parroquia se junta para celebrar su cumpleaños y su 2do año de
Ordenación. Sin duda alguna podemos decir que sus primeros dos años de
sacerdocio entre nosotros han sido una bendición de Dios. Nosotros
ganamos un nuevo sacerdote, que recién salía del seminario, y que estaba
deseoso de poner en practica sus largos años de formación sacerdotal.
Estoy seguro que muchos recuerdan sus primeros días aquí con nosotros.
Estoy seguro que muchos han notado que usted no ha cambiado su buena y
sagrada forma de celebrar la Misa que usted trajo del seminario;
especialmente la forma solemne en el momento cuando eleva la Ostia
Consagrada y nos la presenta diciendo “Este es el Cordero de Dios que
quita el pecado del mundo”. Es precisamente esa marca de un buen y santo
sacerdote que queremos exhortarlo a que nunca cambie.
Gracias Padre Hermes por ser nuestro Sacerdote y nuestro amigo. Dios lo
PARISH MISSION STATEMENT - We, the
people of St. Vincent de Paul Church, see ourselves as a congregation of
BELIEVERS in whom Jesus is living; and to do what we believe we are called
to do, we set ourselves to PROCLAIM our commitment to BUILD, STRENGTHEN
and ENLIVEN our parish community; to strive to EDUCATE ourselves to make
our WITNESS more constant and more credible by our ACTIONS, to devote
ourselves to SERVING one another and all others in our community as did
our patron, St. Vincent de Paul.
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