Benedictine Brother Efrain Rosado Casanova will be ordained to the priesthood at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 20, at St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville during a community Eucharist. Bishop Donald Kettler will be the celebrant with Benedictine Abbot John Klassen and Bishop Juan Vargas of the Diocese of Coroico, Bolivia, concelebrating.
Born in Merida, Mexico, Brother Efrain received a Catholic upbringing and education from his parents and the Marist Brothers. After earning a bachelor’s degree in engineering, he worked in the field for eight years until he decided to explore a vocation to the religious life with the Order of St. Benedict.
Following his final profession with the Benedictines of Mexico, he began a two-year master’s degree in monastic studies at St. John’s University School of Theology and Seminary. With continued discernment and time, he was granted permission to transfer from Mexico, and was welcomed as a member of the St. John’s monastic community. He has taught at St. John’s Preparatory School and has served as a Latino ministries leader for the last four years. Brother Efrain was ordained to the diaconate July 9, 2016, at St. John’s Abbey.