Former Cop Robert Bustamante Ordained A Priest

Former police officer and Marine Robert Bustamante, who spent the summer of 2016 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Los Alamos, was ordained a priest Saturday at the Cathedral in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Archbishop John C. Wester blesses Dcn. Robert Bustamante duirng the Ordination Mass Saturday at the Cathedral in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Rev. Glenn Jones of IHM, center, blesses Robert Bustamante as did all the priests present at the Mass of Ordination Saturday at the Cathedral in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
  • ‘There are no words…’ –Fr. Robert Bustamante

Robert Bustamante became a Roman Catholic Priest during a Mass of Ordination presided by Archbishop John C. Wester Saturday morning at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe.

During an interview last summer with then Deacon Bustamante who was studying under Rev. Glenn Jones at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Los Alamos, the former police officer and Marine said he felt a strong call to the priesthood several years ago while saying the rosary and heard the words, “You will become a Catholic priest”.

“It was very clear and very concise … just that sentence … and the thought wouldn’t go away … it was very persistent,” Bustamante said.

When asked how he felt moments after his ordination Saturday, Father Robert simply said, “There are no words…

He explained one of the reasons for being drawn to the priesthood, during the interview last summer. “I was raised with the ideal of service so when I was in the police department and fire department what I thought was the greatest achievement was to save a life. Now I know there is one step greater and that is to save a soul … that is even more important … so for me, becoming a priest is a continuation of that life of service.”

Father Glenn attended Saturday’s ordination along with dozens of fellow priests and nuns from around the region.

“Robert is a fine man. As a former Marine and a former police officer, he has exhibited the desire to serve his fellow man all his life,” Father Glenn said. “Now he continues to fulfill that desire to serve both God and Man in his priesthood and in his love for Jesus Christ.”

Rev. Adam Lee Ortega y Ortiz served as master of ceremonies at Saturday’s Mass at which two other deacons, Francisco Javier Carabajal Barajas and Christopher Hallada, also were ordained. The cathedral was filled with family members and friends of the three men.

Father Robert will revisit Los Alamos next week when he celebrates Mass at 9 a.m. Sunday, June 11 at IHM. He has been assigned to serve at St. John The Baptist Parish at Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo.

For additional information on Fr. Robert, read last year’s story here

Scene from Ordination Mass. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from Ordination Mass. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from Ordination Mass. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from Ordination Mass. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Archbishop John C. Wester waits to greet attendees following the Ordination Mass Saturday at the entrance to the Cathedral in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

People line up to receive a special blessing from newly ordained priest Fr. Robert Bustamante Saturday in the garden outside the Cathedral in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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