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Path to Lifelong Commitment: Marist Brothers' Perpetual Profession Preparation Program starts in Vietnam

The Perpetual Profession Preparation Program 24 (PPPP24) - aimed at preparing Brothers in a discernment process towards making a final commitment (Perpetual Profession) as Marist Brothers – is currently underway at Vietnam.


SOTS Provincial Delegate to Pasifika, Br John Hazelman – who, along with Br Canisio Willrich, is part of the core formation group – reports on the Program from Vietnam. 


L - R: Back row: Brothers Real (MDA, Formation Team), Binh (Vietnam, MDA), Dave (Philippines, East Asis), Steve (Samoa, SOTS), Than (L'Hermitage, France), Roy (Formator, East Asia), John (Formator, SOTS), Rubel (MDA, Bangladesh), Anthony (Pakistan, South Asia), Long (Bursar, Vietnam).

Front Row: Xia [Joseph] (China, MDA), Jayjay (Philippines, East Asia), Hung (Vietnam, MDA), Anh (Vietnam, MDA), Canisio (District Leader, MDA), Luan (Vietnam, MDA), Le Thuong (Vietnam, MDA).

 

The perpetual profession of vows marks a defining chapter in the life of a Marist Brother. After navigating personal doubts, challenges, and questions of faith, these Brothers stand at the threshold of fully embracing the path laid out by Marcellin Champagnat under Mary's loving guidance. The Perpetual Profession Preparation Program (PPPP24) serves as a crucial preparatory phase, guiding Brothers through a discernment process towards their final commitment as Marist Brothers.


Opening Liturgy to mark the beginning of the Preparation for Perpetual Profession.


This year, the seven-week program - which began on 23 June - commenced at Vung Tau City, Vietnam, near the Our Lady of Bai Dau Shrine. The shrine's proximity to the Brothers' accommodations provides a constant inspiration, its sacred atmosphere filling every aspect of their journey.


The intensive program combines sacred rituals, deep personal reflection, and communal bonding.

A fun moment after the opening liturgy.


Setting the tone for the days to come, the program began with an opening liturgy, reminding the Brothers of their deeply spiritual vocation and path. Personal sharing sessions allow them to voice the challenges such a life brings, at the same time strengthening their resolve and deepening their understanding of their calling.


Personal sharing sessions.

 

Central to the program is the Christian Vocation Journey workshop, which illuminates the expectations and responsibilities of the Marist Brothers' religious order, guiding the aspiring Brothers on how to correctly fulfill their duties.


First workshop: The Christian Vocation Journey.


No Marist event is complete without a healthy dose of laughter and many moments of joy! In between profound introspection and learning, the Brothers also took some time out to play soccer matches, with healthy competition underlying the spirit of the game.


After a joyful soccer game in the city.

 

As these young Brothers approach their Perpetual Profession, they prepare not just for a ceremony, but for a lifetime of service, faith, and community. Their journey thus far stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of their perseverance, determination, and, more importantly, their devotion to the path walked by Marcellin and their unwavering commitment to making Jesus Christ known and loved.


L - R: Back row: Brothers Real (MDA, Formation Team), Binh (Vietnam, MDA), Dave (Philippines, East Asis), Steve (Samoa, SOTS), Than (L'Hermitage, France), Roy (Formator, East Asia), John (Formator, SOTS), Rubel (MDA, Bangladesh), Anthony (Pakistan, South Asia), Long (Bursar, Vietnam).

Front Row: Xia [Joseph] (China, MDA), Jayjay (Philippines, East Asia), Hung (Vietnam, MDA), Anh (Vietnam, MDA), Canisio (District Leader, MDA), Luan (Vietnam, MDA), Le Thuong (Vietnam, MDA).


All the very best, Brothers. May the Blessed Mother always light your path.

 

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