At 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 7, 2018, the Province of St. Maximilian Kolbe in Brazil celebrated the solemn profession of six of its confreres. The event took place at the São Francisco de Assis Shrine in Brasilia, Brazil.
Friar Carlos TROVARELLI, the Assistant General for the Federación América Latina Conventuales (FALC) was present at the celebration. He had just finished the first part of his canonical visitation to the communities of the Province.
The Mass was presided over by the Minister Provincial, Friar Marcelo José MARIN VERONEZ. There were several concelebrants, including the Vicar Provincial, Friar Mieczysław TLAGA; the formator at the theology seminary, Friar Luís Felipe Carneiro MARQUES; the Provincial Secretary, Friar Rafael PINHEIRO NORMANDO; Friar Bernardo Vitório da Silva NETO from the Brasília-DF community; Friar José Nasareno de Sousa SANTOS, who preached the retreat that the friars attended prior to making their solemn profession; and Friar Adailton BORGES GOMES JÚNIOR, a deacon from the community at Águas Lindas in Goiás State.
In addition to the celebrants, all forty-six friars from the Province’s houses of formation attended as well as the families of the newly-professed friars and the faithful of the parish—about 300 people).
At the end of the celebration, the friars consecrated themselves to the Immaculate, asking God to help them follow Mary’s example of fidelity to his Kingdom.
After the celebration, a festive lunch was served in the Theology Seminary for all those who had attended the ceremony.
The confreres who professed their solemn vows are:
– Friar Geraldo LEITE DA SILVA JÚNIOR
– Friar Wagner DA SILVA FAUSTINO
– Friar Beneval SOARES BOMFIM
– Friar Paulo ARANTES RODRIGUES
– Friar Marcus O. FIGUEIREDO PINTO
– Friar Maykon A. DE OLIVEIRA SILVA
We thank God for this great gift he has given to our Order.
Friar Rafael PINHEIRO NORMANDO, Provincial Secretary