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Happy Anniversary, Fr. Ricardo

Our Founder, Fr. Ricardo Argañaraz celebrated the 60th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood, which took place on the 15 th July 1962 in Argentina. Following ordination he was sent for further studies in Philosophy and Canon Law at the pontifical universities in Rome, where he had the opportunity to be at the opening of the Second Vatican Council.


Many of us know the story of how the Lord led him to found Koinonia John the Baptist in Camparmò, Italy. I would like to point out an experience long before this that he considers crucial in his journey, bringing him to follow Christ without reservation. On the 21st September 1954, while praying in his room in Salta, Ricardo, then 18, had an experience that gave him a new direction in his life. He has described it as “a calling through a personal manifestation of the Lord Jesus that marked him forever with the gift of virginity for the Kingdom of God.” We can see how every decision that followed this experience was rooted in this call from Christ.


After 68 years, we hear our Founder speaking about this encounter with Christ with great enthusiasm and joy, as if it happened yesterday. Through his witness, we realise how the love of Jesus continually gives direction and meaning to our lives and choices.
Happy Anniversary, dearest Ricardo!

IF YOU WANT TO GO FAST, GO ALONE.
IF YOU WANT TO GO FAR, GO TOGETHER.

/African Proverb/

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