Saturday, June 28, 2014

Celebrating Marianist Vows

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."

Today, June 28th, the Marianists will celebrate the religious consecration to the Church and the Blessed Virgin of four Brothers in the Province of Meribah. Many 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 to the many years of faithful service

Father Paul Landolphi
70 years a Marianist

Father Philip Eichner
60 years a Marianist

Brother Mark Ormond
50 years a Marianist

Father James Williams
25 years a Marianist

May the one who has begun this good work in you bring it to fulfillment.