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Perpetual profession

13/01/2009: Guatemala

Good news came to the Marist Brothers of Central America on November 30, the first Sunday of Advent, in the form of the perpetual profession of two Brothers: Juan Carlos Bolaños Viscarra, twenty-nine years of age, from El Salvador, and Omar Alfredo Peñas Jacobo, twenty-seven years old, from Guatemala.

Good news for the Marist Brothers and for the Church, because the two Brothers have wished to make clear in their lives that neither any thing nor any person can separate them from the love of God. The love has been seen in their manner of living, in their families, in the testimony of many Brothers and in the initial formation program which they have followed. The love of God was manifested as well in the life of Brother Alberto Olano who, having been a companion of the two Brothers during their formation, was murdered in Guatemala a year and a half ago, his memory keenly felt on the profession day.

Good news as well, conveyed through the celebration, the brotherly encounter, the joyful and simple witness in Marist Brothers’ fashion. The celebration took place in Guatemala City at the chapel of the Marist Brothers’ School. Many Province Brothers attended, along with the Marist Champagnat Sisters, family, friends, students and colleagues engaged with the Marist Brother apostolates in Guatemala.

The definitive « yes » given by Brothers Juan Carlos and Omar both stimulates and energizes the Marist presence in Central America. Let us recommend the lives and vocations of the two Brothers to Mary, our Good Mother, “Mother of those who live with a simple heart,” according to the expression by which they are pleased to address her.

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