Guided by the Holy Spirit, Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Parish is a Eucharistic community that seeks to live the Word of God, instill the legacy of faith, and proclaim the love of Christ through service to all.
May 19, 2013
Archbishop appoints new parochial vicar
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
With great joy I am pleased to announce that Archbishop Aquila has appointed Father William
Clemence as parochial vicar of Our Lady of Loreto Parish. Father Clemence was born on January 10, 1984, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil; he grew up in Porto Alegre. In 2000 Father made the international World Youth Day pilgrimage to Rome and in 2002 to Toronto. In an interview with the Denver Catholic Register (DCR) at the time of his ordination to the deaconate, he explained, “Coming back to Brazil after Toronto, the Lord gave me the grace to quit college, to quit my job, to leave my family and my country and to be willing to follow Jesus Christ by entering into a missionary seminary in any part of the world. The joy and freedom I experienced then are a memorial of the goodness of the Lord that I carry in my heart until this day.” (You can read the entire interview at http://www.archden.org/index.cfm/ID/7833.)
Bishop James Conley ordained Father Clemence to the deaconate on March 17, 2012. Since then Father has served as deacon at St. Scholastica Parish in Erie (CO). He was ordained to the priesthood yesterday (Saturday), and is today celebrating his First Mass. Archbishop Aquila has assigned Father Clemence to Our Lady of Loreto Parish for a term of three years, namely, from June 18, 2013, until June of 2016. His first weekend with us will be June 22/23.
In that same DCR interview, Father Clemence was asked, “What are you most looking forward to about the priesthood?” He answered:
I am looking forward to sharing with others what God has done in my life. I was a young man living closed in on myself, living a selfish life, trying to have the affection and approval of others, feeling that I was superior to others, and yet I experienced crisis and frustration. The Lord sent me missionaries...who announced the Gospel to me, the love of God and the forgiveness of my sins.
Through their announcement, God gave meaning to my life and hope for my future. I saw that God alone can make me happy. He can bring me to experience true freedom and fullness of life through faith. I believe God is calling me to bring the Good News to those who are suffering: struggling in different ways in our society.”
I know you join me in congratulating Father Clemence on his ordination to the priesthood and welcoming him to Our Lady of Loreto Parish, assuring him too of our prayers. We are blessed that he has been assigned to serve us as parochial vicar. May God continue to bless him and us through his priestly service.
P.S. Father’s only sibling is also studying to be a priest!