Dear friends, my name is Tomás Garvan Orellana. I am a diocesan priest from Lima, Peru. I was ordained to priesthood two years. Since my childhood, I was an acolyte in Santa Rosa parish, some 100 metres from my house.
In my family, we always lived a Christian environment; going to the Sunday mass as family, praying the holy rosary every Saturday…. I come from a large family and I am the sixth born in a family of eleven brothers. At the age of 17, I entered the seminary supported by my loving parents who always encouraged us to devote our lives to the service of God and his church. As a child, these words did not meant a lot but now I realize their greatness and faith of my parents.
Two years ago, I arrived in Rome to study a degree in dogmatic theology. Thinking about this privileged experience, I feel the greatest I have had in this period is being close to the Holy Father, to listen to him and see him. I really thank God for this opportunity. In Pope, we see Christ who has not forgotten about us, instead, he provides his church with holy shepherds. I ask the Lord to make me a good shepherd too, that I should submit to him everyday in the same way and attend his flock with renewed eagerness.
I have witnessed the universality of the church and its rich diversity as we share the same purpose, one Heart, the Heart of Christ.
I also thank Lord because I have had the chance to know other priests from different countries, cultures and mentalities. In them, I have witnessed the universality of the church and its rich diversity as we share the same purpose, one Heart, the Heart of Christ.
I have three months left before I return to Peru. I will go back with heart full of good experiences and with desire to serve the Lord and to do his will at all the time.
Dear friends, thanks for your unconditional help. Each time that I remember that there are so many people praying and collaborating for the good of others, I feel the need to be even more faithful to vocation that the Lord has granted me in His infinite goodness.
Thanks for all,
May our Virgin Mother protect you all.
Tomas Garvan Orellana