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On June 29, at 17 pm, the Family of Hope will celebrate the diaconal ordination of seminarians, Jean Paul and Luciano. Due to the pandemic, the celebration will be restricted with the live broadcast on Facebook and YouTube from Fazenda da Esperança.
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The diaconate is the first degree of the Sacrament of Order, then there are the presbyterate and the episcopate. With the ordination the deacon leaves his condition as a layman and becomes part of the clergy.
"Deacon is synonymous with service." (Pope Francis)
Get to know Jean Paul and Luciano's life trajectory and career:
Jean Paul Elombe Kumakese - belongs to a Christian family, composed of ten brothers, 7 men and 3 women. It is the fourth child of Cyrille Kakiba Kumakese and Thèrese Kinda Kalala.
He was born in the city of Dibaya-Lubwe, Diocese of IDiofa and grew up in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. When he was a child and attended the third year of elementary school, a newly ordained young priest visited the school where he studied, in a conversation he talked about God and how he calls to follow Him.
“We went to participate with our parents in the Mass. I saw a lot of priests, a lot of people and the words that the priest spoke to us at that celebration seduced my heart too much to be a priest one day, ”said Jean Paul.
Upon returning home, Jean Paul asked his parents if he could be a priest and they replied: - Sure, if that is God's call. "It was always in my heart, then I asked them to put me in a school for priests," he explained. Then he went to the Minor Seminary of his diocese and when he returned home he saw the Consolata Missionary Fathers, who were doing vocational animation in their parish. He got in touch and made vocational discernment.
When he finished high school, he did the propaedeutic year, then studied Philosophy and went to Mozambique to live his novitiate time (time of formation in religious life). Finally, already close to completing the Theology course, he was presented to Fazenda da Esperança.
“I felt the desire to have this experience. I was in a vocational crisis and a priest asked me to go to the farm. I went to Mozambique and there I felt more motivated for my vocation. Then the farm invited me to come to Brazil and even today I am very happy ”, he said.
Luciano do Couto Pereira - Born in the city of Cristais / MG, he is 37 years old. He studied Philosophy and Theology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais and got to know Fazenda da Esperança through one person, Mr. Estêvão Bretas.
“I was invited by him to collaborate at Fazenda da Esperança Nossa Senhora das Graças, in Itabira / MG, where I spent two years helping. Last year I was called to do the School of communion (a period of formation in the Family of Hope) and get to know the Charism of Hope better, ”he said.
This year he began pastoral work in the Archdiocese of Aparecida, in the parish of São Dimas and in the Sanctuary of Frei Galvão. "My feeling is of gratitude to the people of God for prayers, to the Family of Hope and to the Archdiocese of Aparecida for welcoming us into their presbyteral," he said.
Luciano felt the call to consecrated life when he was between 4 and 5 years old when participating in a Mass at the National Shrine, in Aparecida / SP, with Father Carrio, a Redemptorist missionary.
“At first I wanted to be a Redemptorist missionary, because it was common for me and my family to go to Aparecida, but this desire to serve more and more grew in my heart, until after completing high school I entered the seminary of my diocese”, he concluded.