It is always a great honor when someone asks me to be padrino. Being a padrino is a chance to connect with a family and enter into a relationship with them in a way I never thought would be possible as a celibate religious. As a brother I never expected to have a family but with my compadres and ahijados in the missions, I now have a larger family than I probably would have had, had I gotten married. I hope and pray that I can live up to the responsibility as a guide, ensuring my ahijados learn their faith and as Vocation Director I hope that one of them may someday decide to enter religious life and serve in the missions with Glenmary.
The photos above are from a recent baptism with a family I know in the missions in Arkansas.