Friday, June 5, 2015

Renewing Vows in Kerry...

I travelled from Cork to Killarney on Thursday afternoon for a special ceremony at our International Novitiate. Br. Thiventhiran (Theiva) Pillai from Sri Lanka was renewing his vows as a Presentation Brother. Theiva made his First Profession last year and for the next several years he will re-commit to his vows.

The vows are Chastity, Poverty and Obedience.

Brothers and friends gathered in the novitiate chapel for the occasion. Two more young men from Sri Lanka, Colins and Duglus, led us in music and song. Colins and Duglus are novices. Novitiate is the name given to an important period of spiritual preparation before First Vows.

After the celebration of the Eucharist by Fr. Jim Lenihan we shared some lovely food provided by friends of Theiva. Theiva will soon make his first return visit to see his family and friends in Sri Lanka. It is important for a Brother to maintain contact with his family during his formation programme.

He will then return to Ireland where he will commence studies. Best wishes to Theiva for the future!

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