Marist Seminarians Renew Vows

The three temporarily-professed Marists in the District of Asia have all recently renewed their vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

Nino renewal of vows        Roque renewal of vows        John Guo's renewal of vows

Nino Memorial SM and Roque Rebito SM have just finished their penultimate year of studies at St Alphonsus Theological and Mission Institute in Davao City. They renewed their vows in the Society of Mary for one year at the Colin House chapel on 24th March.

John Guo Wang SM is completing his final year of studies in Rome whilst living at Casa Maria, the Society of Mary’s international theologate. He renewed his vows as a Marist, also for one year, on 7th March.

Nino & Roque renewal of vowsNino and Roque are now in Manila for the summer, taking a three-month Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) course.

John Guo will return to the Philippines later in the year to begin his pastoral year.John Guo renewal of vows


Congraulations, Nino, Roque and John! Blessings on your commitment to religious life as Marists!

Letter from France #1

Dear friends,

LaNeyliere040I’m writing to you from La Neyliere, France, where Fr Chris Ganzon and I are taking part in the Colinian Renewal Period.  The course commenced on Jan 16 and will finish on June 15. The participants feel very privileged to be in La Neyliere, where Fr Colin wrote the Constitutions and lived for 21 years.

A very cold winter with snow is part of the renewal experience.

Colinian Renewal GroupThere are 11 participants from ten different countries. It has been very enriching and encouraging to meet Marist confreres from Africa, the Pacific, Europe, America and Colinian Renewal ClassAsia.  The presence and the sharing of mission experiences remind us of the internationality and diversity of the Society of Mary.

Recently we visited the historical places of Jean-Claude Colin and Jean-Marie Chavoin. It was very moving to see and walk in the Colin cross birthplaceplaces where Fr Colin was born and grew up.  We better understand now the life and spirituality of Fr Colin, having seen the places of his childhood during the French Revolution.

We had also the opportunity to visit St Jodard Minor Seminary, which produced 37 Marists.  Fr Colin entered this seminary when he was 13 year old.

Kabs and confreres at La NeyliereWe’ve also just recently completed a 15 day retreat, during which we prayed for our confreres, friends and benefactors throughout the Marist world. Please continue to pray for us.

God bless,

Fr Kevin Medilo SM