• December 20, 2012

A New Heart’s Home Deacon!

By Rev. Gonzague Leroux, who took part of the event in Santiago de Chile

On December 9th, Thomas Billot, former vol­un­teer in Colombia and sem­i­narian for Heart’s Home, was ordained a deacon in Santiago, Chile, by the Auxiliary Bishop of Santiago, Monsignor Pedro Mario Ossando Buljevic.

As it was in the southern hemi­sphere, the aca­demic year just fin­ished in time to enter the summer break. The sky was blue and it was warmer than 85 degrees. This fes­tive day was an oppor­tu­nity to gather more than 300 friends of Heart’s Home in a warm atmo­sphere as if it were a family reunion with people from very diverse back­grounds. Each one was pre­sent because of his friend­ship with Thomas and his love for the Heart’s Home Movement. Ultimately, Christ united each person in com­mu­nion. He was the pro­found reason of their coming to sup­port Thomas on this impor­tant step for his life.

The Mass was held in the chapel of the Catholic University where Thomas has studied the­ology for the past three years. The liturgy was beau­ti­fully pre­pared with the col­lab­o­ra­tion of a few instru­ments and a choir that gave a solemn char­acter to the event, inviting the con­gre­ga­tion into a true expe­ri­ence of beauty man­i­festing the Presence of Christ.

In the parish hall, fol­lowing the Mass, there was a recep­tion - a nat­ural pro­lon­ga­tion of the liturgy. It required the prepa­ra­tion of both Heart’s Home Centers in Chile, located in Valparaiso and Santiago, and the help of some neigh­bor­hood kids, who were delighted to offer this ser­vice to their friend Deacon Thomas. And finally, for our enter­tain­ment, four stu­dents forming a music band played and sang a nice range of folk music from Chile and South America.

In a few months, Deacon Thomas is going to serve the Church in Cuba where we recently opened a Heart’s Home Center.

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