Wednesday, June 6, 2018

VENEZUELA. ARCWP: HISTORICAL ORDINATION OF THE FIRST VENEZUELAN PRESIDER: MARIA TERESA MARTINEZ MALDONADO. Olga Lucia Alvarez Benjumea ARCWP *

 REPORT OF THE HISTORICAL ORDINATION OF THE FIRST VENEZUELAN PRESIDER.

 "We must obey God rather than people.." Acts 5:29
The advice of Gamaliel
"People of Israel, be careful what you are going to do with these ... Because some time ago Theudas got up pretending to be someone; and a group of about four hundred men joined him. And he was killed, and all those who followed him were scattered and reduced to nothing. After him, Judas of Galilee arose in the days of the census, and he brought many people after themselves; he also perished, and all those who followed him dispersed. Therefore, in this case I say to you: do not have anything to do with these ... and leave them alone, because if this plan or action belongs to men, it will perish; but if it is from God, you can not destroy them; lest you find yourself fighting against God ... They accepted your advice, ... they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for their Name. And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not stop teaching and preaching Jesus  as  the Christ " Acts 5: 35-42 .
María Teresa Martínez Maldonado was born in the city of Caracas-Venezuela on 11/2/1963, daughter of Teresa de Jesús Maldonado de Martínez and Joaquín Martínez Cabrera, being the eldest of four children. SHe studied elementary and high school and joined the Venezuelan Navy, initiating studies in Naval Engineering, where he had the great privilege of meeting an extraordinary woman as was Mother Teresa of Calcutta and from that moment her vision changed from north seeking to serve Years later, she joined the Congregation of the Little Sisters of the Poor of Maiquetía, (1st Venezuelan Religious Congregation, whose founders are: Mother Emilia and Father Machado), there she stayed for 10 years, serving in Ancianates, especially in the area of ​​nursing, schools and retirement homes, but she feels that this is not his way and in this search she starts the medical career in the city of Caracas always with the desire to serve and help the less favored of society. She moved to the East of the country, specifically in the city of Maturín and Caripe del Guácharo where she received the title of General Medicine at the Bolivarian University of Venezuela and immediately began the Postgraduate Specialist in General Medicine or Family Physician at the Institute of Higher Studies Dr. Arnoldo Gabaldon, then exercising for 12 years between communities of extreme poverty and indigenous communities.



She is currently working in the emergency of the Industrial Clinic of Santa Cruz, Aragua state, serving communities that perform agricultural work.






Preparing for the ceremony.

Imposing the hands.




Our Anglican brothers, solidarity and support presence impose their hands (Bishop José María González and his Vicar.

Zaida Rocio Merchan, our support sister, imposes her hands on Maria Teresa.


On the altar in the celebration of the Eucharist.

The new presbyterate distributing communion.

With the friend and brother Heliodoro Cáceres, sharing our joy of being servants within the Church for the Kingdom of God.
* Roman Catholic Presbyter.

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