|The Caracol is blown to call the people to prayer|
I have known Fr (now Bishop) Julio for 30 years. He was still in seminary when we first met. The consecration was in the Anglican Centre in Tuxtepec, in Oaxaca state. (The diocesan centre is in Xalapa, while the largest city in the diocese is Veracruz). Bishops from Mexico, the USA and Spain were present for the service on St Matthew's day, as well as clergy and laity from across the diocese, other Mexican dioceses and beyond. The Primate of Mexico, the Most Revd Francisco Moreno, presided.
|The episcopal regalia set out awaiting the consecration|
|Representatives of communities in the diocese present the candidate to be consecrated|
Tuxtepec has a very hot and humid microclimate. It was the sweatiest service (of about 2 1/2 hours length) I have been at for quite some time!
|Bishop Julio, newly consecrated|
|A young server filled with joy|
|Ad multos annos, Bishop Julio!|