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"I consider St. Josemaría an ancestor of mine."

Fortunato Nsue Esono is studying at specialization in Biblical Theology at the University of Navarra.

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23/06/14 10:54 Fina Trèmols

He felt the call to the priesthood at an early age. In fact, at the age of 12 he left his village, Mongomo, to go to seminar minor.

Fortunato Nsue Esono comes from the Diocese of Ebibeyin, in Equatorial Guinea, rural and poor, growing, where one can feel the real need of the Church for priests to help it progress.

When he was a student at the seminar major, he met a student who had been living in Bidasoa. And he was given class by a professor of Law who was a former student of the University of Navarra. Both of them spoke to him on some occasions about St. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer and that "opened his ears and his curiosity to know more," he says.

He was ordained a priest on May 7, 2012. The Bishop asked him where he wanted to go, but Fortunato did not answer him because he understood that it had to be the Bishop who took the initiative as to where he could expand his programs of study. He recalls that one day, having dinner with him, the name of St. Josemaría came up. "In Pamplona there is a university that he founded; would you like to go there to study," the bishop asked him. To which he replied delightedly because "I wanted to get to know the University of Navarre and to be more in touch with Opus Dei at contact ". Opus Deialthough I am not a member of Opus Dei," he said.

Fortunato thanks and admires the work of the Foundation, through which he can enjoy a scholarship: "they work from silence, in an unknown way. They do it for Jesus Christ. My reality is the best testimony that they do it well. Otherwise I wouldn't be here, no matter how much I wanted to.

He arrived in Pamplona on August 28, 2012. "Ancestors in Africa are very important. They are those people who possess proven virtue or stand out for humanitarian work; I consider St. Josemaría an ancestor of mine," explains Fortunato. "I got to know his spirituality and it has rekindled my awareness of what I am: a priest. During the two years I've been here, I've learned a lot of science," he continues, "but learning about St. Josemaría is not easy. He was a man of God. If I can grasp his message, I can do a lot of good for the Church. I have learned to know Jesus Christ through him.

He lives in a residency program with twelve other priests, from nine different countries. "No one gets to know himself until he knows others. Since I've been living there, I know myself better. Fortunato Nsue plans to begin next year his doctorate in Theology