ST. LOUIS, MO - October 19, 2013 marked a very important event for Macario Torres Torres, OFM. He made his solemn commitment to the Order of Friars Minor in the Province of the Sacred Heart. This solemn event took place at Saint Anthony of Padua Church in Saint Louis, Missouri, which is also the place where Macario previously had made his STiP year (supervised time in the province) from June 2012-June 2013.
Over sixty friars from Chicago and Saint Louis areas travelled to join Macario in his lifelong commitment to the Order. Many of Macario’s friends whose lives he has touched were also in attendance, as well as many parishioners of St. Anthony’s neighboring St. Cecilia parish where he also ministered.
During the homily, which was delivered by Gilberto Cavazos-González, OFM, he reminded Macario of the many joys and struggles that Macario will have to face, but he also encouraged Macario to reflect on the meaning of “following into someone’s footprints, and following into someone’s footsteps,” whereby the latter has the real meaning of following Francis.
The Mass was filled with a wonderful mix of bilingual music. Many friars combined their instrumental and vocal talents with those of the parish choir. Bob Barko, OFM and new parish Music Director Tim Jansen helped direct the choir and play the piano.
At the reception, which followed Mass, over 200 attendees were treated to a huge variety of Mexican foods (and Macario's favorite fried chicken) prepared by parishioners and friends of Macario. Many who were invited could not attend the Profession or reception because of their participation in a weekend retreat. Most of them still prepared their favorite food and dropped it off - a great testament to their admiration and love of Brother Macario. A local DJ and friends also volunteered their time and talent to provide festive music for the recep-tion.