New York Ordination – Article appeared in the National Spiritualist Summit – April 2004
The ordination of Hugo Ruiz, which took place on June 8th, 2003 at 11AM in the Temple of
Metaphysical Sciencein Patchogue, New York represented a culmination of years of study and
effort. He was ecstatic to be able to share this joyous occasion with his family and
friends. Without their support, no doubt, he would have not been able to reach this
milestone in his spiritual journey.
The service was extremely moving. The Reverend Catherine Snell, NST, and the Reverend Janet
Travis, NST, were officiates for the service and set the tone for the sacred event. Each
selected speaker provided an individual touch of love that helped raise the vibration. As a
prelude to the services, with his daughter Georgina by his side, he handed each person a red
rose as a symbol of harmony, love, and unity. This was a special moment. The ordination
service was an extremely special moment for him as well.
Rev. Ruiz is very proud to be the first Columbian-American to be ordained in the history of
Modern Spiritualism. Wow! Thats 153 years. Rev. Ruiz was compelled to give credit to the
special person who opened him to the Spiritual Realm at the tender age of eleven in
providing him with a better life.
He will never forget when he and his mother arrived in Queens, New York and all his mother
had left in her pocketbook was $35. This memory serves to remind him that”There are times in
our lives when we have to take a risk in order to cross the obstacles that are necessary for
our spiritual growth”. At the same time this and other tough experiences have taught him to
stand tall and face the difficulties of life head on with confidence. But, most importantly,
he’s learned to be proud of any accomplishments no matter how small it is.
Rev. Ruiz gave thanks to his wife Cassie, who encouraged him back in 1995 while visiting a
friend in Buffalo to visit Lily Dale because that’s “your type of thing.” Due to her
suggestion he found the address of the Temple of Metaphysical Science in The National
Rev. Ruiz has come to the realization that practicing the Religion of Spiritualism is his
path. Now that he has been ordained and accepts the charge of the ministry, he feels a
profound sense of responsibility towards his fellow man. The Rev. Hugo Ruiz will continue to
practice the Religion ofSpiritualism and the Temple of Metaphysical Science with respect,
dedication, loyalty and sincerity. He prays that the pioneer and forerunners of the past
illuminate his pathin 2004 and beyond, so that he can continue to spread the light of love
just as they do.
In conclusion, he would like to give his sincere thanks to Rev. Catherine Snell and the Rev.
Janet Travis for all their support in helping reach his goal. He’s also grateful from the
bottom of his heart to those special people who are no longer on the physical plane, but
played an instrumental role in guiding him towards ordination. These include el Senor, or Mr
Armancio Hernandez, Las Senora Maria, The rev. Edna Claussen, and al lthe great spiritual
masters that have walked the earth. Each of these special individuals taught him in their
own way the value of the Religion of Spiritualism.
Congrats Rev. Hugo Ruiz. May spirit guide your ministry.