Monday, April 29, 2019
Florida Catholic staff - Florida Catholic
MIAMI | Archbishop Thomas Wenski will ordain five new priests for the Archdiocese of Miami on Saturday, May 11, beginning at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Cathedral, 7525 N.W. Second Ave., Miami.
Here are brief biographies of the soon-to-be-priests.
Deacon Reynold Brevil
Deacon Brevil, 38, was born Jan. 6, 1981 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti to Joseph Brevil (deceased), and Louisina Jeantilus. He is the youngest of 10 children, and has six sisters and three brothers. He grew up with his oldest sister in Haiti and joined the Redemptorist Order after graduating from high school, eventually making temporary vows (2006-2012). In 2010, after the earthquake in Haiti, the community sent him to the Dominican Republic and Colombia, where he learned Spanish. He also participated in a three week-session on religious formation in Canada. He returned to Haiti in 2012 and graduated with a degree in theology from CIFOR (Centre Institute De Formation Religieuse).
He was never ordained, however, and eventually left the Redemptorists. When he came to Florida for a family member’s funeral, he felt a renewed spirit to follow Jesus through the ministry of priesthood.In 2013, he applied to the Archdiocese of Miami and after a year of discernment was accepted as a seminarian. He studied at St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami and St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach.
He served at St. Helen in Fort Lauderdale and most recently as a deacon at St. John the Apostle in Hialeah. He will celebrate his first Masses May 12, at 11 a.m. at St. John and at 5 p.m. at St. Helen.
Deacon Yonhatan A. Londoño
Deacon Londoño, 32, was born in Medellin, Colombia, March 31,1987. He is the only child of Bernardo Arturo Londoño and Carmen Amanda Acosta. He went to high school in Medellin. He came to the United States in July 2009 and entered St. John Vianney Seminary that August. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy in 2014 and is currently completing his studies at St.Vincent de Paul.
Deacon Londoño spent a summer doing migrant ministry in the Diocese of Richmond, Virginia, and got his Clinical Pastoral Experience at the Veterans Administration in New York. He has served at St. Michael the Archangel, Miami; St. Maximillian Kolbe, Pembroke Pines; St. Andrew, Coral Springs; and as a deacon at Our Lady of Guadalupe, Doral.
Deacon Jose Enrique Lopez
Deacon Lopez, 28, was born Aug. 1, 1990 in Havana, Cuba, the only child of José López Fernandez and Lissette Alvarez McCullock. He went to high school in Cuba then came to Miami. Shortly thereafter he entered St. John Vianney Seminary and earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy. He is currently completing his studies toward a Master of Divinity degree at St. Vincent de Paul Seminary.
Deacon Lopez has served at St. Francis de Sales, Miami Beach; the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity, Miami; St. Ann Mission, Homestead; Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Fort Lauderdale; Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami; Corpus Christi, Miami; the Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Key West; and most recently as deacon at Assumption in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea.
His home parish is St. Joseph, Miami Beach. He will celebrate his first Masses May 12 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales, and at 12:30 p.m. at St. Joseph.
Deacon Martin Muñoz
Deacon Muñoz, 35, was born Dec. 7, 1983 in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, to Martin Muñoz and Patricia Escamilla. He is the second of four, with three sisters. He entered the seminary in 2010 and studied philosophy and pre-theology at Blessed Diego Luis De San Vitores Institute in Guam, U.S. In the summer of 2017, he came to South Florida and entered St. Vincent De Paul Seminary.
He is currently serving as a deacon at St. Katharine Drexel, Weston, and will celebrate his first Mass there May 12 at noon.
Deacon Elkin Sierra
Deacon Sierra, 54, was born Aug. 2, 1964, in Miami, to Jose (deceased) and Stella Sierra. He is the oldest of three, with one brother and a sister. He graduated from Miami Southwest Senior High School in 1982 and earned an Associate Degree in Science in Emergency Medical Services in 1994 from Miami Dade College. After 21 years working as a firefighter/paramedic for Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, he retired four years early to pursue God’s call to the priesthood. He then earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from St. John Vianney in 2015 and is currently completing his formation at St. Vincent de Paul.
He has served at Our Lady of Lourdes, Miami; St. Timothy, Miami; St. Louis, Pinecrest; Blessed Trinity, Miami Springs; and most recently as deacon at St. David, Davie. He also took part in the Rome Experience, a summer program for diocesan seminarians.
Deacon Sierra’s home parish is Our Lady of Lourdes, where he will celebrate his first Mass May 12 at 1:30 p.m.