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Official entrance to the interprovincial novitiate “La Valla”

14/02/2016: Colombia

Nine novices officially entered the community of the “La Valla” Interprovincial Novitiate of Medellín, Colombia, on Feb. 2. 

During the Eucharistic celebration, provincial brothers of Latin America gave the new members a cross while the formating team game them the Constitutions. 

The new novices are Antonio Macías, Osvaldo Pérez, Francisco Bado and José Eduardo Maciel of México Central; Alexnnys Flores of Norandina, Javier Castillo and Roberto Constanza of América Central; Gustavo Rodríguez and Juan Alcalá of México Occidental.

They were received by the three brothers of the formating team: Br José Miguel Caballero (Master of Novices in Norandina), Br José Contreras of México Occidental and Br Juan Carlos Bolaños of América Central. Two novices of the second year, David Castillo and Víctor Carrasco, also received them. 

They have chosen to entrust their generation to Mary, “Mother of the bare feet”, knowing, as she did, to be on the path and ready to encounter others, always sensitive to the signs of the times.

The Provincial Brothers that took part were Brothers Miguel Ángel Santos (México Occidental), José Sánchez (México Central), Luis Carlos Gutiérrez (América Central), César Rojas (Norandina) and Alberto Aparicio (Cruz del  Sur). There were also other Brothers from different communities.

“Marist life continues being an option of life in today’s world, the times ask us to have a heart without boundaries,” said Gustavo Salvador Rodríguez Ocaña, novitiate of the first year. “New blood is running through the heart of the Institute, let us thank God for the gift we’ve received.” 

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