On May 3, 2016, Fr. Alberto Ortega was incardinated in the Diocese of Raleigh during a special Mass at the Catholic Center’s Immaculate Conception Chapel.
According to the Code of Canon Law, every cleric must be incardinated “either in a particular church or personal prelature, or in an institute of consecrated life or society endowed with this faculty.”
Fr. Ortega was ordained 18 years ago in Bogota, Colombia. He was originally ordained as a priest in the Capuchin religious order. Now that he’s incardinated in the Diocese of Raleigh, he’s a diocesan priest.
He has served at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Rocky Mount for the last two years and will continue his work there.
“I was ordained for the Holy Church,” Fr. Ortega said. “I must be where God needs me. Today it’s here. It’s official! And it’s a wonderful experience.”
He expressed his gratitude for the welcome he received from Bishop Michael F. Burbidge and members of the clergy.
“How blessed we are to be Catholic … Philip and James and the other apostles in our rich 2,000-year history have handed over to us what was handed over to them,” Bishop Burbidge said in the homily. “And now it’s our privileged movement in history to hand over to others what we’ve received.”
Before Fr. Ortega, the last priest to be incardinated into the diocese was Fr. M. Andrew McNair. Incardinated in February, Fr. McNair serves at Saint Anthony of Padua Parish in Southern Pines.