Most Reverend Pedro Rubiano Saenz, Archbishop of Cali (Valle), entrusted
Parroquia Nuestra Señora de la Asunción (Our Lady of the Assumption Parish) to
the Basilian Fathers on
in the morning of
In Medellin, Fathers Bob Seguin and Juan Carlos Rojas, with the help of William Bran Pardo, Mario Dominguez Castro, Carlos Gutiérrez Zapata, Mario Pulido Carvajal, Jorge Salcedo Naránjo, and Angel Sierra Montañez formerly served the poor at Ecce Homo Parish in Barrio Blanquizal, but relocated to the new San Basilio Parish in Barrio Olaya Herrera when the Archbishop divided the parish.
Ecce Homo parish was in a remote area of
In 2004, the Basilians began construction on Proyecto San Basilio, a new and larger Church and Community Center in Barrio Olaya Herrera. The bell tower was completed in 2008. Major social services of the parish include medical consultants, paralegals, a library and the artisans tallers, or workshops. The sale of products from the tallers goes into a communal fund for the parish school, where the Hermanas Escolapias co-operate with the Basilians in providing an education for children from primary through high school age. Funds from the tallers help to support the school and allow for a small commission for the artists who work there.
Many professionals come as volunteers to assist the Basilians in Barrio Olaya Herrera. In addition to serving as medical and legal personnel, some volunteers teach classes in other vocational skills. The parish clinic employs a medical doctor who is assisted by the Marianista Sisters and other volunteers in the treatment of more than 1,500 poor people, and the distribution of medicines at little or no cost, laboratory work, and informative programs on nutrition and raising children. The library, a small room with donated books, benefits the entire area and is sometimes the only diversion for many children and youth of the sector. Adult catechists are trained to work with the children and the Basilians are hoping to open more tallers to encourage the youth to develop their own small businesses.
In 1997, the Basilian Fathers opened a scholasticate in Bogotá. They named it "Casa Annonay" in honor of the French cradle of the order with hopes that the Colombian Annonay would serve as a source for native vocations.
Father Bob Barringer taught at the seminary and university in Bogotá. Father Tom
Rosica was one of the main organizers for World Youth Day activities in 2002 and
arranged for crosses from the tallers in Pedro
Mora was ordained to the Priesthood on January 2, 2004 at Ecce Homo
Church in Medellín. Most Reverend Ronald P. Fabbro, C.S.B., Bishop
of London, Ontario, Canada presided.
Pedro Mora was ordained to the Priesthood on January 2, 2004 at Ecce Homo Church in Medellín. Most Reverend Ronald P. Fabbro, C.S.B., Bishop of London, Ontario, Canada presided.
January 1999, the Basilians took possession of a newly-acquired Casa Annonay in
barrio El Campin. In addition to
being across the road from the large parish church, this location allowed the
scholastics to get to their classes in only 20 minutes. Juan Carlos Rojas Ramos,
Pedro Miguel Mora Medina, Wilberth Pineda Nieto, Jair Hailton Sarasty Medina,
and Jose Heriberto Salgado, who had been doing their postulancy, left Ecce Homo
Father Vince Thompson spearheaded a project known as Loaves and Fishes in one of the poorest of the barrios. When poor women from the barrio began appealing to Father Vince for food for their families, he could not turn them down. So he reached in the Basilian cupboard. The numbers requesting food grew and eventually a house was rented from the diocese where today representatives of over 160 families come weekly. They come in small groups to hear a brief talk and receive the bread, milk, and rice that keeps their family from starvation. Local companies donate part of the food; the rest is funded by generous Basilian donors. A local agronomist friend of the Basilians helped them establish a community garden project. His skills in teaching the people how to compost waste resulted in six lots of poor terrain becoming productive.
about the matter of a specifically Basilian habit?
The tropical heat of
In 2011, Father Bob Seguin was re-assigned to Casa Annonay in Bogotá where he assumed responsibility for the eight postulants in residence with the capable assistance of Father Wally Platt. The postulants pictured are (left to right) Wilmar Henao Henao, Carlos Arturo Rodriguez, James Leonardo Yañez, Javier Higuera Orjuela, Camilo Alejandro Díaz, Edward Alberto Padilla, Nelsón Andrés Timiná, and Luis Edicson Sánchez.
In July of 2011 we were blessed with the arrival of nineteen
(19) young Colombian men interested in becoming Priests and pursuing the