The Brothers and Priests of the Society Mary was blessed by the Profession of four newly religious members at Marist International Novitiate Community on January 18, 2017.
Yves Tuma (Cameroon, Africa), Emil Kenewata (Bougainville), Hayden Powick (New Zealand) and Cameron Mota (Bougainville) professed the vows of Chastity, Obedience and Poverty in a Eucharistic Celebration presided by Fr. Lionel Mechavez, SM, and concelebrated by Marists priests and Fr. Al Botero, DCD, the parish priest of San Miguel Parish, Eden, Toril.
On behalf of the Superior General, Fr. Christopher Thadeos R. Ganzon, SM was the homilist as well as received the vows of the newly professed Marists. Fr. Chris in his homily invited the newly professed Marists to be the salt and earth of the world in Mary’s way, living out their religious commitment with joy, confidence and generosity. He reminded them to be men of prayer, to harness their God-given talents, to grow in the Spirit and to be men of mission.
The celebration was graced by the members of the Marist Family (Marist Brothers, Marist Sisters, The Marist Missionary Sisters and Marist Laity), the Foster parents from Digos, friends and neighbors of the newly professed in particular those who have helped and supported them during the Novitiate year. Acknowledged in a special way were the PM sisters who housed the novices during their 2 month cultural orientation. The RNDM Sisters for accommodating the community for 2 months during the renovation period in the Novitiate house. The Missionaries of Charity for the pastoral placement of the novices in their Home for the Aged Center. The different Marist communities for their welcome and support during the mission immersion of the novices.
After the celebration of the Mass, Sefo (novices-elect) emceed the second part of the day which is the fellowship lunch. To mark the celebration, the new Marists cut their cake of joy and gratitude! Hayden Powick gave the words of thanks on behalf of his companions in English and in Bisayan language which everyone enjoyed while listening to his slang Bisayan accent. He was great though! He expressed his gratitude to all the people who helped them during their novitiate especially their formators. He asked everyone to continue to pray for them as they begin their religious life.
The profession day went very well. All were very happy and blessed by God and by Mary.
As the newly professed depart to go back to their own country, a new batch of novices are about to begin their novitiate. We are blessed to have 5 men who will begin their novitiate this year. The group is composed of 2 Mexicans, 1 Fijian, 1 African, and 2 Oceanians.
We congratulate our newly professed Marists. Rest assured of our prayers for your new journey.
Prayers and blessing, brothers! Cheers!