Sunday, May 23, 2010

Pentecost Sunday - Come Holy Spirit!

Brother James is pictured here during Holy Week Services at Founder's Hollow. He celebrates 32 years of religious consecration.

Our Founder, Blessed William Joseph Chaminade made the Marianist profession of vows a total consecration to Mary; that is, a total commitment to God according to her example to reinforce the grace of Baptism. The originality of his concept is that the consecration to Mary is not added to the religious profession, but the profession itself is a consecration to her. The two are identical.

For Blessed Chaminade, "The religious state is only a more perfect manner of fulfilling the scope of one's consecration to Mary."

To make this perfectly clear he joined the three regular vows of religion to a vow of stabilty, which has the special Marian sense of "perseverance in her service." "This vow is in reality a consecration to the Blessed Virgin."

During the month of May, many members of the Province of Meribah celebrated the anniversary of their first religious profession of vows. All the Brothers of the Province rejoice in their fidelity to God and consecration to Mary. Below are listed the annivesary dates of the first profession of vows of the Brothers.
Brother Joseph Dominic celebrates 30 years of religious consecration to Mary and the Church. Above, he lifts the Cross for the Good Friday Recessional this year.

May 13
Bro. Ryszard - (31 years of religious consecration)
May 17
Bro. John Gerard - (23 years of religious consecration)
May 18
Bro. Joseph Dominic - (30 years of consecration)
May 20
Bro. Kenneth - (31 years of religious consecration)
May 21
Bro. James - (32 years of religious consecration)
May 27
Bro. Karl - (31 years of religious consecration)
May 28
Bro. Timothy - (32 years of religious consecration)
May 29 
Bro. Patrick - (22 years of religious consecration)
Fr. James - (21 years of religious consceration)
May 30
Bro. Michael John - (32 years of religious consecration)

May the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit be glorified in all places through the Immaculate Virgin Mary. Amen.