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Novitiate and first profession of 5 novices

27/05/2013: Philippines

In the last few days we carried out various novitiate activities and celebrations.

Entrance to the Novitiate
On May 19, 2013, the “Inmaculada Concepción” Novitiate of Cotabato, in the Philippines, was happy to welcome 9 youngsters who enthusiastically took their first formation steps. On May 15th we celebrated the entrance to the novitiate retreat of Roldan, Jake, Ralph, Jick, Mark, Joseph, Henyr, Cyril (all from the Philippines - Province of “East Asia”) and Cong (from Vietnam – Ad Gentes). Each novice received the religious habit and Marist Constitutions from the hands of Br. Many de Leon, Provincial of East Asia, symbolizing the desire of each novice to follow Jesus like Mary, in the footprints of our founder Marcellin Champagnat. During the celebration, each novice consecrated himself to our good Mother.

We wish the nine novices our deepest blessings for this new formation phase. We will remember them in our daily prayers.


First profession of vows for 5 novices
May 18th was a very meaningful day for us all and especially for the 5 novices that concluded the novitiate and made their first profession vows. Four are from the Philippines and one from South Korea. They all belong to the Province of East Asia. The celebration was simple and informal. Many relatives, friends and Marist brothers attended to give thanks to the Lord for the vocations and the generous choice of the five young brothers.

This year there are 20 novices: 9 in year one and 11 in year 2. Three come from the Missio Ad Gentes (1 from Cambodia and 2 from Vietnam). There are four formators. The Novitiate house is full. This is certainly a blessing from our good Mother.

In July of the current year the 2nd year novices will begin a three-month experience period in Marist communities. The two novices from the Missio Ad Gentes will work in their respective countries (Cambodia and Vietnam).

I would also like to inform you that in May in the Philippines schools are closed for vacations. Our second year novices are involved in Marian parish activities known as Flores de Mayo. It is a Christian tradition that gathers girls and boys in chapels to deepen their religious knowledge sing, pray, say the rosary, offer flowers to Mary and have snacks together. It is a great opportunity for the novices to speak and teach children how to love Jesus and Mary.

Let us gather around the table of the Eucharistic and fraternities, praying and supporting vocations and missions.

May Saint Marcellin Champagnat bless you.






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