EXTRACTS FROM A FEW INTERVIEWS Meiriño GUMERSINDO FERNANDEZ
Interview by the journalist Alberto Canal the 13 February 1998
Extract interview journal Diego Virasoro The Reader- Ctes- Argentina
-Now he knows that ud. is famous, or have gotten to know him…How will you do to get back to normal in the living? In. know, Now many who did not know him, now I know…for better or, for mal..
I will continue to lead a normal life and work quiet. I'm not changing much the life I've led these days. Will my job but not my way of living
-Now that is famous, we can tell virasoreños who admire the “man”…and not those who judge…
Me imagino, you must have good set foot on earth and be convinced that you will pass, as the step that gave ud.
I, should be a lesson for all those who still do not awaken from its slumber, and I do not mean that ud. was asleep, but it was an important step in your life, that many are discouraged or afraid…
For all those people ud. is an example, at least for me…
-What I can say to young people who have not yet found the way…
I agree with you. Young people today are afraid to love and Delivery. With youth treatment is often heard but not girls that are married and back ... It's a generation with fear of love. When you are afraid to truly love and be loved like no confusion. I think that's what happens to young people are baffled.
-With regard to the advice that can provide, is aware that many people do not take as before…
And now ..., I think I will better because people feel difficult to approach the priest, and not man. Those in need of the church and the sacraments will be there ..., others need the advice of someone who lives like them in the middle of the world.
Note by Arturo Lezcano for La Voz de Galicia from Buenos Aires
The Voice of Galicia 9 January 2007
A priest married in Argentina Galician habits while
Gumersindo Meiriño civil married with a collaborator
Since 2001, ourensano priest performing social work in a town of Corrientes
The Bishopric of Ourense regrets the abdication of responsibility
(Signature: Lezcano Arturo Gonzalez | Place: Buenos Aires)
Civil marriage is a Galician priest has sparked an uproar in the province of Corrientes, in northern Argentina. Last 22 December, Gumersindo Meiriño, natural Oseira (Ourense) Mary married Goli, a woman who was working in the pastoral work of Meiriño in the small town of Virasoro, a 30 kilometers from the city of Sao Tome Corrientes. There came from Ourense Galician priest five years ago to pursue social work tasks, and there he met Mary, born in Buenos Aires, from which he fell in love "with an arrow ', in his own words: "She was a missionary in this area, and share tasks in seminars, talks, interviews, in a radio program, and the development of a book ». In late November, Meiriño informed the diocese of San Tomé her determination to marry, while papal dispensation requested rid him of the powers of the priesthood. But the father Gumer understood that love could not wait to ecclesiastical bureaucracy, and married without his cassock hung, which led to the conviction of the diocese, no reason, according to him: "I am fully aware that under the law of God first is to love God above all things and your neighbor as yourself. The decision we have taken from married love ', declared Meiriño, who has a doctorate in theology.
The Church hierarchy responded with a letter that was read at Masses in the diocese of Sao Tome on Sunday prior to the wedding. It warned those who had intended to attend the wedding of Gumer and Mary would incur "deadly sin". The couple went deaf: "We want to continue our way of evangelization, but now from another place ", clarified.
The issue has continued to generate excitement in Argentina. Just to be on al frivolizara respect, the weekly The Reader, Virasoro, with the collaboration Meiriño, published the story of the priest and offered love wedding photojournalism. "He is very charismatic and beloved throughout the area, and had to tell it to then leap to light not as a media issue », says Roberto Rodriguez, Meiriño editor of the weekly which published a column entitled The good news of the Father Gumer .
From now the caption will be changed to that of the good news of Gumer .
Susana Prieto of the newspaper La Region in Ourense Meiriño Gumersindo interview 6.V.2009
Susana: – On what turns the contents of this book, Entrepreneur of the Holy. Sebastian de Aparicio, a true story?
The book revolves around the figure of Blessed Sebastian of Aparicio from the point of view. Since his departure from Gudiña and tours of different jobs in Spain until his arrival in Mexico. There was worker, carter. It's a current story, an example of life force always. It is a perfect example of realization of man we all aspire to and that all we can do; no matter the geography, language, historical circumstances, weather, not even religion. The human being always aspires to the same goal.
Low culture, because Sebastian, could neither read nor write, fight for the first objective have anyone, done in their material. After more and aims to achieve benefits such as employer, ground for him, but also for other, with his work creating new paths and routes. Also Aparicio is a man who loves. He married twice, then was widowed. And he kept looking until he found the spirituality of Francis of Assisi. Since that Franciscan spirituality met God and his life was transformed.
With the p. We discovered the joys Isorna, his sufferings and even the excesses that may have made to get to that mysticism who longed.
Susana: What did they do with this book, what is the goal?
We sought to tell the world today that the human being has inside forces that the same unknown. Today Sebastian de Aparicio in Mexico tells Santo and is an important figure in its history, not only in the Christian community but as an example of fighting man, generous, intrepid, and moral, as they say.
It is said that both self-help books if we keep the spirit in communion with God. Sebastian de Aparicio is a real testament.
Susana: How long were you working on it?
From the moment I arrived at the Gudiña and found the front door plate priestly lived here saying Blessed Sebastian of Aparicio.
From that day I stopped taking notes, gather information, literature and especially experiences around her figure. Translating them into a book was an idea shared with my wife Mary and the working group of the Editorial From East to West.
Why the parent Isorna this work?
Through this research and affection that came up for this holy man that I met impressed me P. Isorna. Following my appointment as pastor of Gudiña, came an invitation to travel to Mexico for the fourth centenary of his death in the year 2000.
Since then I keep a deep affection, respect and sympathy for the P. Isorna that was growing every day. With it I discovered the Franciscan spirit, manifested in his manners, in their courtesy, in his humor, on his face always smiling. We were sharing talks, about the life of Aparicio, las fiestas in Gudiña, around San Sebastián de Aparicio y al otro saint of the Franciscan Tameirón, San Francisco Blanco.
Why write him?
No one better than he can count. What you will discover when you read the book because writers are not words but sit and talk with a friend, with a parent, recalling anecdotes from another friend, another brother named Sebastian de Aparicio.
There are points at which the P. Isorna says that if he had before Sebastian de Aparicio would have challenged,…, good not tell you more because if you're not going to want to read the book.
Unfortunately his father could not travel Isorna age at the Fair, but appreciate through the media somehow be present
How was the presentation in Buenos Aires?
The book was a shocking experience. The Fair of Buenos Aires, say is the most important of all Spanish speaking, is a cute frame for this book to be made known. And above all, because Aparicio is a person who symbolizes the spiritual union between the Galician village and South America; between the European and the American; between West and East, which is one of the objectives of Editorial, the union of peoples and cultures through fraternal dialogue.
What do you do now after leaving the priesthood?
First it should be clear that I never left the priesthood, I'm still a priest. He says that our ordination theology is “ever” (forever). Say now exercise my priesthood as before, celebrating Masses, and administering the sacraments but everything else I feel priest.
The books I write are “priestly”, in the sense that I try to be light and guidance to help meet the Truth, with Beauty, namely, with God. Radio programs, seminars, conference, … all have the same spirit I have tried to live from the ordination in the year 1991.
NB. Susana, walking through Fair, certainly, the campus is huge, imaginaba me to father a mi lado Isorna, putting his hand under the habit to take your goodies to all the people that was, as it was in Mexico or still doing in Santiago de Compostela.
I really felt that I could not be with me talking about the Blessed, as it did in Mexico.