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Father Rene was born in El Salvador and at the age of 16 came to the USA. He was ordained a Priest in 2006. He has a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy, Masters in Theology, and an MBA in Church management from Villanova University.
He is the Moderator of the Camden Diocese Catholic Renewal and also serves at the Regional Hispanic Ministry of many parishes. Fathers love for the Church is seen in his vibrant and energetic preaching. He is a beloved spiritual leader who inspires all to live their faith joyfully.
Father’s love of the Holy Duet of the Holy Spirit and Blessed Mother is evident in his teachings. The Holy Spirit speaks powerfully through Father Rene and leads the faithful with deep inspirations of Gods direction.
Father Rene' Canales ~ Pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Lindenwold, NJ
Medjugorje and Our Lady’s messages are my life. I have been living in Medjugorje my whole life, and having a Mother ( Ivanka Elez ) who is a visionary was very challenging, especially when I was a teenager… To always be at the pilgrims’ disposal was not something I had wanted for my life, but after spending a few years abroad, I felt deep within my heart what my mission is and what I’m called to do! From then on, I was living in Medjugorje working as a guide, helping pilgrims and allowing the pilgrims to help me.
Josip is now the Co-Owner of the traveling agency https://www.81tours.com
He and Scott Riggins (of the Littlest Angel Bookstore) organizes pilgrimages in Medjugorje, Spain, France, Italy, Holy Land. Josip lives together with his parents, siblings, his wife and two children.
Josip Elez ~ Co-Owner of 81 Tours
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