After months of delay due to the pandemic, Fr. Juan Carlos Castañeda Rojas, SCJ, arrived in Ecuador on October 19 to join the Dehonian mission there. “It feels good to be back with my SCJ brothers,” he said. Fr. Juancho is pictured above.
“I have always said that God works in mysterious ways and this time, once again, the change in my life is not an exception to that rule,” he continued. “When we believe everything is going well in our lives, there is often something that may show us that we are not in complete control of our future. A year ago, I went to Colombia to get my religious worker visa and in my heart, I felt everything was going to be easy and it would take just a couple of weeks to get the visa. However, once again I was reminded that it is God who has a plan for all of us even when we do not understand it at the moment.
“I did not expect that I was going to be away for a year from the community that I had grown to love. I have trouble believing it was a year ago that I was doing my ministry as a newly ordained priest at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Houston, Texas. I would be lying if I did not admit how hard it has been to be away from the community and my ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe.
“But I also recognize that God opened a new door for me at a time when I was feeling like so many doors in my life had closed. Thus, I was able to travel to Ecuador and return to community living. I was welcomed to the novitiate house in Quito as we wait for our brothers at the parish to overcome COVID-19 and the quarantine they need to follow. So, we pray that all our brothers at the parish get well soon so I can move there.”
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