We offer some of the vocational activities carried out during the month of August.
In Burkina Faso
The annual meeting of aspirants of the Brothers of the Holy Family was held in Saaba from 20-27 July at the Gabriel Taborin College. Eighty-nine aspirants attended, including three pre-postulants. The general theme was: “God calls you to consecrate your life to Him as a Brother of the Holy Family”. Other sub-themes were also discussed: God’s call and man’s response; the greatness of consecrated life; the Brothers of the Holy Family. The meeting was accompanied by Brothers Marcel ZOUBGA, Etienne SAMANDE, Pascal RAYAISSE and Emmanuel ZONGO.
In the Church in Brazil, August is special: it is the month of vocations. On the first Sunday we remembered the priestly vocation, on the second the family vocation, on the third the religious vocation and on the fourth the lay vocation with the different services that are carried out inside and outside the Church. The fifth Sunday had a special emphasis: the vocation of the catechist. Reflections, meetings, activities and vocational celebrations took place in our educational centres. Each weekend we celebrated each specific vocation together with the parish communities. May our responses to God’s call be generous following the example of Mary and Brother Gabriel.
Perpetual profession in Indonesia
On August 14, 2021, three Indonesian Brothers made their perpetual vows: Grasiano Mbaling (Ruteng Diocese), Oskar Anto (Ruteng Diocese), and Ambrosisus Atok (Atambua Diocese). The theme was: “Because You Have Grace Before God” (Luke, 1:30). The Eucharistic Celebration began at 17:00 pm, at the community of Liliba, Kupang. It was presided over by the parish priest of St. Joseph the worker, Penfui, and 3 concelebrant religious priests. Due to the restrictions for covid-19, their parents, some nuns and closest neighbors were present at the celebration. Others took part in the celebration via live streaming. Brother Aurelio Arreba, as delegate of the Indonesia-Timor Leste, accepted their vows in the name of the Superior General.
Aspirants in Asia
The vocational activity takes place in the preceding months. In the month of August the aspirants are already in the houses of Formation beginning their process. At the moment there are these aspirants: In the Philippines 2 aspirants. In Indonesia 18. In India 55. In Timor 10 and in the Philippines, 2.