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Fr. Adrian Mercado San Juan is a diocesan priest of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and an aggregate-in-process of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception (MIC) of Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

He was born in Manila, Philippines in 1976 and his immediate family lives in Walnut CA and are parishioners of St. Lorenzo Ruiz-Walnut and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton-Rowland Heights.

His recent assignment as associate pastor was at St. Peter Claver, Simi Valley (July 2015- June 2019). Also, at Divine Savior and St. Anne Parishes, Los Angeles (July 2010- August 2011); St. John the Baptist, Baldwin Park (August 2011- November 2012). He also served as administrator of St. Madeleine, Pomona (November 2012- June 2015). He is currently the administrator of St. Linus, Norwalk (since July 2019).

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Fr. Adrian also served the Archdiocese of Manila for 6 years (2004-2010) serving the Catholic school system in campus ministry and integral formation of teachers.

Fr. Adrian holds a Bachelor both in Classical Philosophy and Sacred Theology, a Master in Pastoral Ministry and another Master in Educational Management.

He was formed by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and was ordained priest on March 20, 2004.

A stage two testicular cancer survivor, in remission since 2003, Father is indebted to the Divine Mercy, Our Blessed Mother and St. Therese of the Child Jesus for his healing.

Padre Adrian Mercado San Juan es un sacerdote diocesano de la Arquidiócesis de Los Ángeles y está en un proceso de los marianos de la Inmaculada Concepción (MIC) de Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

Nació en Manila, Filipinas en 1976 y su familia inmediata vive en Walnut, California, y son feligreses de St. Lorenzo Ruiz-Walnut y St. Elizabeth Ann Seton en Rowland Heights.

Su reciente asignación como pastor asociado fue en St. Peter Claver, Simi Valley (julio de 2015 a junio de 2019). Además, en las parroquias del Divino Salvador y en San Anne, Los Ángeles (julio de 2010 a agosto de 2011); San Juan Bautista, Baldwin Park (agosto de 2011 a noviembre de 2012). También se desempeñó como administrador de St. Madeleine, Pomona (noviembre de 2012 a junio de 2015). Actualmente es el administrador de St. Lino, Norwalk (desde julio de 2019).

Padre Adrian también sirvió en la Arquidiócesis de Manila durante 6 años (2004-2010) al servicio del sistema escolar católico en el ministerio universitario y la formación integral de maestros.

Padre Adrian tiene una licenciatura en Filosofía Clásica y Teología Sagrada, una Maestría en Ministerio Pastoral y otra Maestría en Gestión Educativa.

Fue formado por la Compañía de Jesús (jesuitas) y fue ordenado sacerdote el 20 de marzo de 2004.

Un sobreviviente de cáncer testicular en la etapa dos, y está en remisión des del 2003, el Padre está en deuda con la Divina Misericordia, Nuestra Santísima Madre y Santa Teresa del Niño Jesús por su curación.

GROW THE SEEDS

Reflection from Matthew 13:31-35

The concept Kingdom of God is not referring to a place, territory, or politics, as in a

national kingdom, but rather one of kingly rule, reign, and sovereign control. The Kingdom of

God is WHERE God reigns supreme, and Jesus Christ is King. In this Kingdom, God’s authority

is recognized, and his will is obeyed.

In this sense, we can say then that while we live, the Kingdom is where we allow Jesus

to reign and take control.

Is Jesus King of our hearts, the intent of our desires, the motive of our every action? For

if we strive to do so, when our time comes or Our King comes again in glory, God willing,

He’ll let us enter the definitive Kingdom, which is Heaven and hear the words: Well done,

good and faithful servant!”

Brothers and sisters, the Kingdom of God, Jesus’ reign in our hearts, is a small seed,

the smallest one that needs to grow into a big tree. What does that mean?

A woman came to a grocery and was surprised to find Jesus at the entrance. Our

Lord smiled and greeted her: “Welcome! How can I help you?”

“Lord, I am very glad to see you. I have been into a lot of worries lately. Can you please give

me peace of heart? Make my husband realize his mistakes? Make me richer so I worry less?”

Again, the Lord smiled and said to her: “I am sorry, our store cannot give you peace, understanding, and riches. What you are asking are fruits! Our store is only selling seeds.”

It’s true! Most of the time, we ask the Lord for fruits, the finished product. Instead,

He is teaching us and will help us how to grow the seeds!

Mother Teresa once said: “The fruit of silence is prayer, the fruit of prayer

is faith, the fruit of faith is love, the fruit of love is service, and the fruit of service is peace.”

Our Lord is more than willing to answer our prayers and reign over us. He has sown into

our hearts his Word and in our lives his Grace and Mercy. But the question is: Do we

still ask in order to receive, seek in order to find, and knock so that the door will be

opened?

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