“The spiritual children which the Lord gives each priest, the children he has baptized, the families he has blessed and helped on their way, the sick he has comforted, the young people he catechizes and helps to grow, the poor he assists… all these are the 'Bride' whom he rejoices to treat as his supreme and only love and to whom he is constantly faithful. It is the living Church, with a first name and a last name, which the priest shepherds in his parish or in the mission entrusted to him.”
Pope Francis
Chrism Mass, April 2014
WORSHIP: The Intimate Encounter with Christ

His Priests

Our priests are first and foremost, priests of Jesus Christ, signed with a special character at ordination so they can preach and offer the sacraments to the parishioners of Mother Seton in his name.

Pastor: Fr. Lee Fangmeyer

Parochial Vicars: Rev. Louis Faust and Rev. Santiago Martin


 

This week we have a letter from Fr. Santiago Martin, our new parochial vicar and newly ordained priest.

 

Dear Mother Seton parishioners,

I was asked to write a letter for you so that you can know me a little bit better.

My name is Fr. Santiago Martin Sedano. I was born in Segovia, a small city near Madrid, Spain, in 1978, so this year I will be 37 years old. I am the second of two children. As a teenager, I enjoyed practicing sports and so I became a primary school teacher of physical education. In 2003, I moved to Madrid to work as a teacher in a public school.

Regarding my journey of faith, I began to grow in the parish church of my city as an ordinary child. At the age of fourteen, I was surrounded by many questions and dissatisfactions as many other teenagers. However, I found in the Neocatechumenal Way a way to answer the needs of my spiritual life. The Neocatechumenal Way is a charism that arose after the Second Vatican Council in Spain and is spread all over the world. It is an itinerary of adult faith approved and encouraged by the last three Popes.

Along my journey of faith, I had the privilege to attend almost all the World Youth Day pilgrimages since Loreto 1995 in Italy. At the age of twenty-seven, after two years living in Madrid and working as a teacher, I felt the call to the priesthood. This call was confirmed in the World Youth Day that took place in Colon, Germany, in the summer of 2005. After nine years of seminary formation living in the United States, I was ordained deacon in June 2014. As deacon, I was assigned to serve at St. Martin of Tours Parish in Gaithersburg. On June 20th of  2015,  I was ordained priest and assigned to Mother Seton.

I pray that God may give me a pastoral heart for ministering to all of you in all your needs, and I ask you for your prayers as well.

In Christ,

Fr. Santiago Martin

August 2, 2015

 

 

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Prayer for priests

O holy Mother of God, pray for the priests your Son has chosen to serve the Church. Help them, by your intercession, to be holy, zealous and chaste. Make them models of virtue in the service of God's people. Help them be pious in meditation, efficacious in preaching and zealous in the daily offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Help them administer the Sacraments with joy. Amen.

-St. Charles Borromeo (1538-1584)


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