Conventual Franciscan Bishop Enrique Montero of San Isidro de El General, Costa Rica ordained Friar Javier Ramirez to the diaconate last weekend. Friar Javier is also a Conventual Franciscan and a native of Venezuela. He is studying theology in Costa Rica. His ordination took place in a chapel near the Franciscans’ friary in Alajuela.
For Bishop Montero, the ordination of Friar Javier took on a particular significance because it was his first such ceremony since he himself was ordained to his current ministry last month. Bishop Montero’s Episcopal ordination filled the streets of San Isidro with local people and brought to town Conventual Franciscans from many countries.
Friar Javier Ramirez is the first Conventual Franciscan from Venezuela to study theology with his brothers in Costa Rica. His Order’s jurisdiction in Venezuela is the Provincial Custody of Our Lady of Coromoto, which itself is part of the Italian Province of Puglia. Friar Matteo Ornelli is the provincial custos for the custody.
(Source: OFM Conv.)