Monday, June 8, 2009

Celebrating Years of Commitment

Brother George Endres, S.M.
Father Thomas Cardone, S.M.
Brother Michael Gillen, S.M.

Three of our Brothers celebrate thirty-five years of religious commitment today, June 8th. In 1975 they professed for the first time their vows of poverty, chastity and obedience with these words:

"For the glory of the Most Holy Trinity, the honor of Mary, and to follow Christ more closely in His saving mission, I promise to God and vow to observe chastity, poverty, obedience, conformably to the Rule of Life of the Society of Mary."

Before God and in the midst of our Province, the Brothers make explicit public witness to a communal life style of prayer, Community, and common apostolate.

The entire Province rejoice when there is a commitment of vows. Fidelity calls us ever more deeply to the reason for our life together: "the most faithful imitation of Jesus, Son of God, become Son of Mary for the salvation of all."

As true sons of Mary, we cooperate and participate in her apostolic mission to bring the grace of redemption to each person.

Blessed Chaminade was fond of Mary's message to the servants at the marriage feast of Cana, "Do whatever he tells you" (Jn 2:5), because he firmly believed that we are all missionaries of Mary.

Congratulations on many years of faithful service to Mary and the Church!