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Ten brothers profess their first vows

15/06/2011: Philippines

On 20th of May, on the occasion of Father Marcellin Champagnat’s birthday, ten novices from East Asia Province professed their first vows at the chapel of San Carlos de Borromeo Parish in Maguindanao, Philippines. Reverend Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo, DD presided the Eucharist, together with his co-presiders, in the presence of the Marist Brothers, parents and relatives, parishioners  and visitors from different religious congregations.

The ten novices were: Br. Jeffrey Abian, Br. Ismael Catulong Jr (from the Diocese of Kidapawan), Br. Roel del Rosario, Br. Jano John Evangelista, Br. Clint Guanzon, Br. Adrian Mana-ay, Br. Dolph Franz Mejia, Br. Efren Savariz (from Archdiocese of Cotabato), Br. Jeffry Guino-o (from Diocese of Tagum), and Br. Alejandro Lagos III (from Diocese of Marbel).

Prior to their first profession, they already chose the theme, “What am I that you should love me and hold me as your dearest love of all” as fruit of their retreat in preparation for the day of profession. It captures the core experience of their formation years. They chose deliberately the all-embracing and loving presence of God through Jesus Christ who embraces each one of them with an unconditional love. The theme itself was adopted from the song, “My Heart’s Thanksgiving”, by Himig Heswita.

Bishop Colin gave three points for them to remember in responding and living out the call of God in their lives. First is to listen to God in many ways. To learn in the ways that God wants them to be; just like Jesus Christ to the Father, and lastly, to make extra effort in following Christ every day. These, according to the bishop, are the essence of prayer… life of prayer.

The Brother Provincial, Br. Manuel de Leon, delegate of the Superior General Emili Turu, accepted their vows in the presence of the whole assembly.

A fellowship meal followed after the ceremony which was held at Marist Brothers Novitiate, Marian Hills in Tamontaka.

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