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Medellín - January 2005

13/02/2005: Colombia

The Novitiate “Hermano Francisco” at Medellín (Colombia – Province of Norandina) “has expanded the space of its tent”...
On the 22nd January 2005, in commemoration of Brother François Rivat, ELEVEN YOUNG MEN started their two years of Novitiate. These young men come from the following places: Haiti (2), El Salvador (América Central, 3) and Norandina (Colombia, 6).
During the evening Eucharist, Brother Laurentino Albalá, Provincial, accepted them into the Novitiate, encouraging them on their path of discernment.
Thus, our Novitiate has been enriched by the life and fraternity of these young men.
The formation teams of the Novitiate consists of the following brothers:
- Ramón Benseny (Norandina- Master of Novices)
- Hipólito Pérez (América Central – Sub-Master)
- Geovanni Velasco (Norandina – Administrator and Formator)
- Gilles Hogue (Canada-Haiti – Formator)
With the three novices in the second year, we now form a community of eighteen brothers. This not only expands the size of the tent, but also provides us with the challenge of “expanding our heart” in forming one same Marist fraternity that is interprovincial, international, intercultural and interracial.
The Province of Norandina also started this year with twelve postulants (ten in Manizales, one in Sibundoy and one in Quito).
We give thanks to God, to Saint Marcellin and to our Good Mother for the vocational fruitfulness of our Marist charism and mission.

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