70-year-old widowed grandfather ordained a Catholic priest in Puebla, Mexico

February 12, 2023 / 4:06 p.m

On Friday, February 10, the Archbishop of Puebla (Mexico), Msgr. Víctor Sánchez Espinosa, ordained an Italian member of the Neocatechumenal Way, who is the father of 3 children and grandfather of 5 grandchildren.

Shortly before his ordination, the now Fr. Carlo Dei Lazzaretti commented that he received “this call, I answered yes, they sent me to Mexico and I am here to do God’s will in this beautiful and enchanting land, which has also seduced my children”.

In his homily at the ordination Mass, Bishop Sánchez recounted that “this brother of ours Carlo has had a whole journey along which the Lord has led him: family life, the journey of itinerants, Christian initiation, the vocational journey, and today he arrives at the presbyterate”.

“It is a lifestyle that he chooses himself, nobody imposes it on him. No one forces or pressures him. He has reflected on it before God, before the Tabernacle, before the Blessed Sacrament and he decides to live this lifestyle”, said the Archbishop of Puebla.

“Christ himself is present in the person of the ordained priest, despite our unworthiness. He is a gift, a gift that the Lord gives us”, highlighted the Mexican Prelate.

A highlight of the ordination occurred when the three children of the new priest wore the liturgical vestments of their father, who is now Vicar of the Parish of the Holy Family, in the town of Tres Cruces.

Fr. Carlo dei Lazzaretti was born in Lecce (Italy) in 1953. He joined the Neocatechumenal Way there.

After the unexpected death of his wife, he lived through a long period of rebellion against God. It wasn’t until he turned 61 that he began to question the possibility of becoming a priest.

After two years in a vocational center he participated in a fellowship, after which he was sent to the Seminary mother of The Redeemer from Puebla.

After six years of studies, he was ordained a deacon on August 22, 2022 and has now been ordained a priest.