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Br Félix Banam makes final vows in Rwanda

20/10/2016: Rwanda

Around 1,000 people took part in the Eucharistic celebration during which Brother Félix Donald Banam made his final vows in Byimana, Rwanda, on Sept. 25.

Participants included his friends, lay Marists, Brothers, teachers and students from Rwanda (Byimana, Kigali, Save, Rwabuye, Mururu and Nyangezi) and from the Democratic Republic of Congo (Bobandana).

Br Félix made his vows at the Byimana School of Sciences in the presence of the provincial superior of East Central Africa, Brother Théoneste Kalista Ruhando.

Father Jérôme Masinzo of the Diocese of Butare presided the Eucharistic celebration, animated by choirs of the Teacher Training College Save and the Byimana School of Sciences.

During his homily, Fr Jérôme underscored the gratuity of God’s gifts and everyone’s superior call to holiness.
Br Théoneste, who also spoke during the event, noted that final vows “are emitted once for all, but the act itself is a mystery that can only be understood as one lives throughout his life.”

Br Félix, in turn, asked God to bless all participants and affirmed that the secret of religious life is prayer. In the Central Africa Republic, Br Félix’s homeland, there is only one Marist community, with 3 brothers, in Berberati, with primary and secondary schools. The Marist Brothers are in the country for 55 years. 

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