Manuel Guillén, pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption of Alcantarilla, has taken office this morning as vicar of the suburban pastoral zone I of Murcia, replacing the priest Fernando Valera in office.
A responsibility entrusted to him by the Bishop of Cartagena who, according to him, received with astonishment: âI did not expect it at all.
Our Lord, as Pope Francis says, is the God of surprise and, again, has surprised me again. â
Manuel Guillén is 41 years old and is a native of Benferri (Alicante).
In 2001 he moved to Murcia to enter the San Fulgencio Major Seminary and, five years later, he was ordained a priest in this Diocese.
In these thirteen years of priestly ministry he has been pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary of Barinas (Abanilla), La Purísima de Fortuna and, since 2016, of Our Lady of the Assumption of Sewer.
That same year he also took over the Alcantarilla Arciprestazgo.
Of these last three years he emphasizes, above all, his work with Fernando Valera, whom he replaces at the head of Suburban I. âIt has been three years helping him and learning a lot with him.
I have to thank God for his service, his ministry and the work he has developed in this Vicarage.
I also thank him for his effort and closeness because he has been like a father to all of us, priests and laity. â
For Manuel, this appointment means âmore service, dedication and, if possible, more fidelity to God and his Churchâ.
However, this does not bother him because, in his opinion, "what really gives happiness is to be faithful to the will of our Lord and perform every task that we can do as well as possible."
Therefore, Manuel understands that this new responsibility means âanother 'yes' to the Lord.
God, through our pastor, Don José Manuel, has entrusted me with a new task to serve, love and give our life for our diocesan Church representing him and his auxiliary Bishop in the pastoral area that he entrusts to me. â
To face this responsibility, the new vicar is clear that he will need âGod's help.
The Lord always surprises us and where he asks for a responsibility he always brings, later, a grace to be able to perform it.
That is why I ask you to give me strength to be a communion and to be able to carry out the task that he himself entrusts to me, putting me in his hands to make his glory shine always and entrusting me to Him to always seek the good of his Church. â
Source: Obispado de Cartagena