The Priest (continued)
Our Lady of Lourdes' Church and Main Altar
Mexico City
The following school year, Fr. David taught natural sciences and cosmological sciences at St. Rita's College in San Sebastian, and after that year, in September of 1953, he was assigned to Mexico City where he remained for five years, busy in the parish of Our Lady of Lourdes. During those five years, in addition to parish work, he gave himself over to the task of building a new and beautiful church in honor of Our Lady of Lourdes; to teaching religion at Maddox Academy; to forming the youth group "Blanco y Azul," whose purpose was to promote devotion to Mary of Lourdes; and to working with the Christian Family Movement. The first five years of his priesthood left fond memories and a great love in Fr. David for Mexico and its people.
In 1958 he was assigned to Fabens, Texas (near El Paso), where he continued parish work, and two and a half years later he returned to Mexico City to continue his previous service. In 1963 he was sent to Rome where he studied Spiritual Theology at the Teresianum Institute, preparing himself for the new assignment as Prefect of the Augustinian Recollect Seminary in Kansas City, Kansas. There he spent three years teaching the college seminarians History of the Church, Spiritual Theology and Psychology. Those were the days when the Second Vatican Council was taking place in Rome. New ideas, new reforms, and new ways began to surface in the life of the priesthood, religious life and the structures of the Catholic Church in general. A new era in the life of society and of the Catholic Church had arrived.
Parish Church, Fabens, Texas
As Prefect of College Seminarians
Kansas City, Kansas
Fr. David's term as Prefect of the seminary was about to end when new assignments were given to him. In 1966, after a short stays in Bakersfield, California, Mexico City and again Kansas City, he was assigned to New York City to work with the Cursillos de Cristiandad Movement in Spanish. There he directed numerous Cursillo weekends, visited parishes of the Archdiocese and started the Marriage Encounter Movement, which later spread throughout the nation. In 1970, he was appointed Archdiocesan Advisor of the Cursillo Movement and Director of St. Joseph's Center, home base for the Spanish Cursillo Movement in the Archdiocese.
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