Nota Bene Nov. 6, 2017

Blessed Sacrament Parish celebrates installation of their pastor

By Agnieszka Ruck

Father Miguel Segura Blay greets parishioners after his installation as pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish Oct. 29. (Photos by Chuck Jochems / Special to The B.C. Catholic)

VANCOUVER—More than 200 people turned up to celebrate the installation of Father Miguel Segura Blay as the pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish this weekend.

Father Blay, originally from Gandia, Spain, spent his seminary years in Colombia and Toronto. He was ordained at the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Toronto and served as the pastor of a Toronto parish for about 10 years before receiving his Vancouver assignment in November 2016.

Father Blay was installed Oct. 29, 2017: nearly one year after arriving at the parish.

Priests concelebrate Mass.
Archbishop Miller stands beside Father Blay.

"Father Miguel comes to you to continue the pastoral care he began as your parish administrator, following upon the ministry which Father Vittorio offered so generously and with such dedication and compassion," said Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, at the installation.

"As a pastor, he will faithfully celebrate with you and for you the Church's sacraments, above all by offering Holy Mass. He will proclaim to you forcefully, persuasively, and in full fidelity to the mind of the Church the challenge of God's Word as a riveting 'tw0-edged sword'. As your shepherd, he will also work with you to build up your parish as a living cell of the Body of Christ by encouraging you to be missionary disciples and to serve one another and the wider community."

The church was filled to the brim and cameras were set up to transmit video to the parish hall, which was opened to accommodate the large crowd of well-wishers.

Blessed Sacrament Church was filled as more than 200 people turned up to Father Blay's installation.