January of this year marked the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of John F. Kennedy as the 35th President of the United States. Here in the Archdiocese of Newark, I feel we have a story that could rival Camelot and the Kennedy presidency, although it is not as world famous or strikingly glamorous as those two productions were.
However, I am convinced that this experience made a lasting impression on all who came in contact with it. I am speaking of the hopes and dreams that arose for many when Father Hector Fabio Galvis Rios began his priestly life in our midst. Fr. Hector was ordained on May 23, 2009 and died a few weeks ago. He served as a priest for only 20 months.