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Fr Mario A. Avilés, C.O. is a member of the Congregation of the Oratory since 1986.
His studies to the priesthood took him initially to Mexico City, México and then to Rome, Italy where he received his Bachelors degree in Philosophy and Sacred Theology at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum. In addition he holds a Master's degree in Education Administration and Supervision by the University of Phoenix and is a Certified Teacher in the State of Texas.
Upon his ordination to the priesthood in 1998 he joined the Pharr Oratory school's Governance Board and since then has served as Teacher, Prefect of Discipline, Director and Rector for the School System. In the year 1999 the Newman Institute of the Oratory in Reynosa, México was founded and Fr Mario has served as the Administrative Director and Legal Representative of the school since then. From the spring of 2005 to December 2012 he served as the Director of the Oratory Academy and The Oratory Athenaeum and at present he is the Rector of the School System.
Father Mario serves our community as Pastor in our parish since the fall of 2002 and is the representative for the religious priests in the Diocese of Brownsville's Pastoral Council. In the year 2000 Fr Mario was elected and served for 12 years as member of the Permanent Deputation of the Confederation of the Oratory representing the Oratorian Congregations in Latin America.
On September 6th, 2012 Fr. Mario A. Avilés, C.O., was elected President of the General Congress of the Confederation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri held in Rome, Italy.
On September 10th elections were held to select new officers. Fr. Mario was elected as the new Procurator General of the Confederation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri. Fr. Mario will lead 86 Oratories and more than 550 Oratorian priests and brothers around the world for a six-year term.
Very Rev. Mario A. Aviles, C.O. being introduced to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI as the new Procurator General of the Confederation of the Oratory at the Holy Father’s General Audience at the Vatican on Sept. 12
We give thanks to All-mighty God for this blessing for our Oratorian Family!
Congratulations Mrs. Elisa Garza!
Random Fact: The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas. The final days of Advent, from December 17 to December 24, focus particularly on our preparation for the celebrations of the Nativity of our Lord (Christmas).
Random Act of Kindness:
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Words of a saint:
It is simply impossible to lead, without the aid of prayer, a virtuous life.
-Saint John Chrysostom
Let us pray for: For the people of the United States, that we may be united in building a society in which everyone can have the opportunity to live with dignity and hope, we pray to the Lord. . .
Scripture Verse of the month: “Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us! This is the Lord for whom we looked; let us rejoice and be glad that he has saved us!” (Isaiah 25:9)
LORD, through the Holy Spirit Mary brought forth the Baby Jesus.
We bring forth your creation of human life that we may live in Your image. Protect the innocent babies so mercilessly being murdered by abortion. Give us courage to oppose those who peddle death for profit and convenience. In Your Name. Amen
O God our Creator,
from your provident hand we have received
our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
You have called us as your people and given us
the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God,
and your Son, Jesus Christ.
Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit,
you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world,
bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel
to every corner of society.
We ask you to bless us
in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty.
Give us the strength of mind and heart
to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened;
give us courage in making our voices heard
on behalf of the rights of your Church
and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.
Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father,
a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters
gathered in your Church
in this decisive hour in the history of our nation,
so that, with every trial withstood
and every danger overcome—
for the sake of our children, our grandchildren,
and all who come after us—
this great land will always be "one nation, under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
We ask this through Christ our Lord.