Thursday, June 17, 2010

Celebrating Marianist Vows

(Brother Roger assists in singing of the Passion during the Good Friday Services at Founder's Hollow)

The primary function of the religious consecration of vows is to provide the religious with a life orientation structured toward personal sanctification on the one hand and the salvation of souls on the other. The religious Brother serves as a reminder of the ultimate importance of God in everyone's life. It is as the late Pope John Paul II said, "By seeking and following Christ, particularly in chastity, poverty and obedience, you give the world a concrete testimony of the primacy of spiritual life."

(Brother Stephen sings the responsorial psalm in the Chaminade Community Chapel)

On Sunday, June 14 we celebrated the religious consecration to the Church and the Blessed Virgin of three Brothers in the Province of Meribah. Thirty-four years ago these Brothers made the following profession:

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 for one year,
chastity, poverty, and obedience,
conformably to the Rule of Life
of the Society of Mary.

Congratulations for 34 years of faithful service

Brother Stephen Balletta
Brother Dermot Meehan
Brother Roger Poletti

(Brother Dermot assists in the daily clean-up after a Community Meal at Founder's Hollow)