More than 800 Hispanic priests, deacons, religious and laity came together to celebrate the “Family Fully Alive” at Divine Mercy Parish in Vineland last Sunday, during the annual Diocese of Camden’s Hispanic celebration, with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Dennis Sullivan.
Recognizing the faith, love and sacrifices of family, the afternoon’s event began with a musical concert, followed by a procession into the church, that noted the diversity of Catholic families: priests with their parents and siblings, deacons with their wives and children, religious communities, single parents with their children, intergenerational families, and parents with special needs children.
The procession also included parishioners and staff from the 24 Hispanic parishes in the diocese.
In his homily, Bishop Sullivan urged all in attendance to be generous in their time and talents, in building up the kingdom of God with their families in the home and parish.
Andres Arango, Bishop’s Delegate for Hispanic Ministry, described the day: “as a beautiful feast in which one we were able to celebrate the Latino families from our diverse communities and also to recognize the ministry of the religious men and women serving in our diocese.”
Msgr. Victor Muro, recently retired, was honored during the celebration for his decades of service to the Hispanic community in the Diocese of Camden.