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The Newest Marian Priest with a Heart for Mary's Heart

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The Most Rev. Martin Holley anoints the hands of Fr. Gabriel Cillo, MIC.

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By Melanie Williams (Jun 9, 2018)
It was a joyous day of celebration as the newest Marian Father was ordained to the priesthood. Originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Fr. Gabriel Cillo, MIC, was joined by family from Texas and Florida, friends from across the nation, the Marian community, and his new parish family at St. Patrick's parish in Yorkville, Illinois, as he was ordained to the sacred priesthood by the Most Rev. Martin D. Holley, bishop of Memphis and vir aggretatus (aggregate member) of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception.

"Today is a great day of joy for me, and my brother Marians, and the whole Marian community on the occasion of your ordination to the Sacred Priesthood," Bishop Holley stated. "[Father] Gabe, we thank you so very much for your vocation, love, sacrifice, and perseverance to your call to follow Jesus Christ, the High Priest.

"After today, your life will be very different, and changed forever, as will the lives of the people with whom you will be called to lead and serve through your pastoral ministry," Bishop Holley continued.

The Mass of Ordination's Gospel reading came from Matthew, chapter 10 — the call of the Twelve Apostles. Bishop Holley explained, "As you might guess, each disciple [Jesus] called had different gifts and talents, which were used to build up the Kingdom of God. The Gospel is like a mirror for us who are gathered here today, who also have many different gifts and talents to share with one another."

This is a call to love and service Bishop Holley added.

Referencing Fr. Gabe's choice for his ordination date — June 9, the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary — Bishop Holley urged Fr. Gabe to call upon our Blessed Mother Mary, ever virgin, to teach him about her Son's love and mercy.

He concluded that all of us, the lay faithful, are also called to live lives of love and service, especially in prayer for our brother priest, Fr. Gabe.

"From now on, and for the rest of your life," Bishop Holley told Fr. Gabe directly, "pray every Mass as if it were your first Mass, your last Mass, and your only Mass. And always remember that 'His Mercy endures forever.'"

Speaking of his first Mass, not only was Fr. Gabe's ordination Mass at the Marian parish of St. Patrick's, his first Mass will be held at the parish on Sunday, June 10. The Marian parishes of St. Mary's in Plano, Illinois, and St. Patrick's, in Yorkville, were thrilled to host the ordination and Fr. Gabe's first Mass.

"He's such a great guy, and it's our joy to put this together for him," one parishioner shared. During his apostolic year two years ago, Fr. Gabriel (then Br. Gabriel) spent a year with the parish communities. He's a familiar face around town, and the parish family were overjoyed to hear the news that Fr. Gabriel will be assigned as their new associate pastor.

Here's the homily by the Rev. Kaz Chwalek, MIC, provincial superior of the Marians in the United States and Argentina, on the day following the ordination:

Please join the Marian Congregation in giving thanks for the ordination of Fr. Gabriel Cillo, MIC, and please keep him in your prayers.

Read more about Fr. Gabriel and how the Lord called him to the priesthood.

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- Mar 27, 2022

What an incredible gift from God! His zest, humility and love of the Lord exudes in every Mass he celebrates. MIC really needed him. Praise God for his bringing him yonuscregularly celebrating Mass

Debbie - Jul 22, 2018

Congratulations, Father Gabriel. Please pray for the sick.

Chrissie Yeschke, MMDM - Jul 2, 2018

Congratulations Fr. Gabriel! May Mama Mary enfold you in the mantle of her love. God bless you today and every day. Thank you for your "YES"! Peace and all good!

Carol (Our Lady of Peace-Darien IL) - Jul 2, 2018

Congratulations Fr. Gabriel. Thank you for saying "Yes" to this ever important sacrament. Please visit our parish to say hi, we're not too far away. God's plans are always for the best.

Lorraine - Jul 2, 2018

P.S. Brought me to tears too. Your parents must be so very proud of you!

May Our Blessed Mother use you as an instrument to draw souls close to Her Son each and every day of your priestly life!

Lorraine - Jul 2, 2018

God reward you for being faithful to the graces which brought you to this moment. You will be in my prayers, and I ask that you remember me in your own.

Miss Lisa Peppel - Jul 1, 2018

Congratulations, Fr. Cillo, on this holy and felicitous occasion of your ordination. I pray the consolations of Mother Mary Queen of Heaven and the protections of St. Michael the Archangel be for you now and always. Blessings!

Raquel from St. Andrew's - Jul 1, 2018

Watching the videos and pictures from your ordination made my heart swell with joy and brought tears to my eyes. I can't imagine the joy in YOUR heart. Congratulations, Fr. Gabe and may Our Lord and Mother Mary bless you always.

Deacon Vince Wolfinger - Jul 1, 2018

Congratulations Fr. Gabe. May God bless you and your ministry.

Mrs. Vallieres - Jul 1, 2018

Dearest Fr. Gabriel,
Congratulations! and thank you for saying yes to Jesus! He will take you on so many wonderful journeys. and give you the most wonderful Holy consolations! Intimacy with Jesus is the best!

James - Jul 1, 2018

So beautiful! Brought me to tears.

Lilly - Jul 1, 2018

Thank you so much for these beautiful videos so that we, too, could be there with Fr. Gabriel and wish him God's Blessings! Be well always!

Patria-July1st 2018 - Jul 1, 2018

Our Prayers for God's continued guidance & protection during your priesthood...always



MeLinda A. Waite - Jul 1, 2018

May God Bless Fr. Gabriel Cillo as we WeLcome him w/ Open Arms and Hearts.

Philomena - Jul 1, 2018

Praise be to our Lord Jesus Christ forever, and thanks for the gift of father Gabriel. May he follow Your footsteps High Priest!Amen
Our prayers are with you father Gabriel!

Barbara - Jul 1, 2018

I thank God that He has sent you to us. I pray He’ll continue to strengthen you as you meet each challenge ahead. May God bless you always.

Juanita from the RGV - Jun 15, 2018

Congratulations Father Gabriel,
My prayers are with you. I thank the Lord for you.

Dr. Bob and Jane C - Jun 13, 2018

Congratulations; a job well done;
Also good wishes to Dr. Gabe and family on this most glorious achievement.

Pray for us.

Sonia - Jun 10, 2018

Just beautiful. Congratulations, Fr. Gabriel, and thank you for helping us. I will pray for you.