Dear Bishop Machebeuf High School,
I would like to take this opportunity to present myself to you. I am Father Julio Amezcua and I was assigned by Archbishop Aquila to be the new chaplain at the BMHS.
Just a little about my background, I was born and raised in Madrid, Spain and lived there with my parents Ildefonso and Rosa and my two older siblings in the neighborhood of Chamartín. In 2003 I moved to Denver to learn English and have an experience in another country. This experience lasted longer than I expected, since I entered College and ended up graduating with a major in Psychology. After finishing my studies at Metro State University, I started working and planning to continue my studies after a year. The Lord surprised me with other plans. In 2009, after a period of discernment, I entered the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Denver. The mercy of God carried me through this time of formation and this past May, I celebrated my first year anniversary of my ordination into priesthood.
It was a great joy and a beautiful surprise for me when I received this new assignment to be a Chaplain here at BMHS. My reaction was first of fear… How can I serve if I don’t feel capable? How can I enter into such a mission? The first things that flooded into my mind as always, are my limitations. I’m a foreigner, a recently ordained priest, etc… Living in this way is stressful, but the Lord gave me a concrete Word during a Scrutatio meditation. He spoke to me with mercy and gave me courage “But the Lord replied, do not say I am only a child for you must go to all to whom I send you” (Jr 1, 7).
I hope that I may serve you well in these difficult times for all in our society. In this time it has been said that the Church is not essential, but instead says vices of all kinds are essential. I have seen how this demon has taken a toll in many faithful, especially priests. Also, it may have affected you as well. Maybe your children begin to be soaked in this mentality and accept the trends proposed by society. The important aspect though is to always keep in our hearts Christ and his victory over our death. I have also been a witness of this victory in this time. I hope to get to know you and be a witness of this victory in your families during this school year. Please reach out to me with any questions, concerns, or just to meet. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please pray earnestly during this time for the Church and for Bishop Machebeuf High School, as we begin a new school year of classes. Also please pray for me. I will celebrate Mass every day for the families of Machebeuf.
May God bless you all.
F. Julio Amezcua