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Perpetual Vows and the Vow of Stability

18/03/2005: Côte dIvoire

On Saturday 26th February a ray of light filled with life and hope shone in Ivory Coast, a country that has been punished and forced to suffer for many months through internal conflicts. Four Ivory Coast brothers pronounced their definitive commitment to the Lord: Theddy G. de Souza, Vincent Mé, Étienne Balma and Germain Bery Beda. During the same ceremony, Brother Sylvain Yao pronounced the vow of stability. Sylvain is the oldest of the Ivory Coast brothers and the first among those born in the District to pronounce this vow.
The ceremony took place in the parish church of “Notre Dame de l’Afrique” in Abidjan. Archbishop Marie-Daniel Dadiet, the archbishop of Korhogo, presided at this ceremony. Eight priests also concelebrated and the large congregation included many family members and friends of the brothers. The Brother Provincial of the Province of Mediterránea, on which the District of África del Oeste/Afrique de l’Ouest/West Africa depends, had hoped to be present but due to the late arrival of his plane, was unable to do so; José Antonio Ruiz, District Superior, received the vows.

The parish council of Notre Dame de l’Afrique took charge of the preparation and decoration of the church, which looked very elegant for the occasion. The parish choir sang magnificently during the entire ceremony. After the ceremony, which finished around midday, everyone enjoyed a meal served on the verandas of the school. During this time, everyone was entertained again by the choir’s singing. The collaboration of the parish and the Marianist school community was very evident and appreciated.
During the afternoon, all the brothers present in Abidjan met with the Provincial. After this profession, there are now twenty-five brothers in the District who have taken final vows out of a total of forty-seven brothers.

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