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6 October 2016

Episcopal consecration of Mons. Oswaldo Escobar

At nine in the morning of the first of October, feast of St Therese of the Child Jesus, began the ceremony of consecration of the new Bishop of Chalatenango in El Salvador, Mons. Oswaldo Estéfano Escobar, a Discalced Carmelite who, until his appointment, had been Provincial of the Central American Carmel.

Presiding at the celebration, which took place in the central park of the city, was Mons. Luis Morao Andreazza, ofm, former Bishop of the diocese. Also present among the ordaining Bishops was Mons. Silvio Báez, first Teresian Carmelite Bishop in Central America, as well as the Apostolic Nuncio, León Kalenga. He presided at the consecration of Chalatenango.

Most notable was the support of the public, who occupied not only the park but spilled out into many of the adjacent streets. Accompanying them was the Carmelite family and the clergy. Some fifteen Bishops were present at the celebration, among them was Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga, Archbishop of the archdiocese of Tegucigalpa.

The Apostolic Nuncio spoke on the type of bishop wanted by Pope Francis and proposed the example given by the Salvadorian bishop and martyr, Blessed Oscar Arnulfo Romero. After words of thanks from Mons. Oswaldo, Fr Francisco Javier Mena, ocd, spoke. He is the Order’s General Councilor for Latin America and conveyed to all words of gratitude in the name of Father General, Saverio Cannistrà. He assured Mons. Oswaldo of continual prayer from Carmel and reminded him that in order to be a good bishop, it was sufficient to be a good Carmelite.

With the final blessing the celebration finished which had filled Carmel and the Church in San Salvador with pleasure.

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