This is exactly what Apuron, told us when he started venturing into establishing a Seminary.
The original idea, as it was sold to the faithful of Guam, was that instead of sending our sons to study all the way to California, we could establish a serious institution on island, that would allow us to react more efficiently to our priestly needs.
The laity was enthusiastic about the project, which was to become the Trojan Horse of the NCW on Guam.
On the eve of the new Millenium, right after one of the Island most respected Holy day, the Redemptory Mater Seminary was established on December 9, 1999.
This was a turn key operation, led by the NCW leader on the island: Fr Pius Sammut.
Of course Apuron neither had the means nor the knowledge to open a seminary. This is when the NCW , with its network of RMS around the world approached Apuron and proposed to establish
an establishment which would bring Apuron all the glory and kudos he needed to get his red hat.
You need an organization and qualified staff.
That was a main problem for Apuron, he had neither. He had ruled the Diocese for years on a complex mix of favors and protection of certain priests and staff, and a ruthless retaliation of any rebellious individual.
That kind of approach, traditionally foster legions of yes men, and few high quality individuals.
By keeping everybody on the down low, Apuron had painted himself in a corner. Now that he had an opportunity to shine, he had nobody of quality and experience capable of leading such an enterprise, as the opening of a Seminary.
Pius could not have dreamed of a better scenario. Only five years after landing on the island, he was to become Apuron's opportunity to play with the big boys.
If you don't have one, find help from the outside:
This was the Ace in the sleeve Pius had, that Apuron needed.
In 1988, the Neocatecumenal Way movement, embarked in one of its most ambitious project to date.
With the opening of its first seminary "Redemptoris Mater" in Rome. Under the Decree 218/88
Cardinal Ugo Poletti, then vicar general of the Diocese of Rome, authorized the establishment
of RMS Rome on February 14 1988.
They have now over 100 throughout the world, including the one here on Guam.
It was not difficult for Pius to convince Apuron of all the benefits, he could get from getting a "Turn key" seminary, thanks to Pius connections and the strong will of the NCW powers to be to use this as the great opportunity it was.
Next: When things get complicated.
Continued on Part 2