FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- New Bishop Frank J. Caggiano ordained Rolando Arias Galvis as a priest for the Diocese of Bridgeport on Dec. 14 at Bethel's St. Mary Church.
Galvis is the first priest Caggiano has ordained in the diocese since he was officially installed as bishop in September. Five more men are expected to also become priests in the spring in the Bridgeport Diocese, which spans all of Fairfield County and includes more than 400,000 Roman Catholics.
“Father Rolando brings many extraordinary abilities, including his intelligence and lively sense of humor, to his priestly ministry,” said the Rev. Robert Kinnally, director of vocations for the Diocese of Bridgeport and rector of Stamford's St. John Fisher Seminary, in a release.
Galvas, 31, was born and raised in Colombia. He volunteered for mission trips with his parish while working in Bogotá, Colombia’s capitol city.
A Colombian priest who was serving in the Diocese of Bridgeport encouraged him to come to the United States.
He entered St. John Fisher Seminary and spent a year there perfecting his fluency in English. Since his ordination as a transitional deacon in June, he has been serving at St. Mary’s.
Galvis celebrated his first Mass on Sunday, Dec. 15.