2023-04-05 SRI LANKA

Four novices made their first profession at the International Novitiate in Tudella

Four brothers professed their first vows on March 25 at the International Novitiate in Tudella, Sri Lanka. Nicholas Fernando, Provincial of the South Asia Province, received the vows on behalf of the Superior General, Br. Ernesto Sanchez. The brothers expressed their commitment to God and to the Marist Congregation with the motto: “May it be done to me according to your word” (Lc 1:38).

The 4 novices who made their first profession are:

  • Ronaldo da Costa (Timor-Leste), of the Province of Star of the Sea
  • Ruas Ferreira (Timor-Leste), from the Province of Star of the Sea
  • Elijah Watehou (Solomon Islands), from the Province of Star of the Sea
  • Sujith Dileepa Alwis (Sri Lanka), from the Province of Star of the Sea

The event was attended by 210 Marists: 110 in person and 100 virtually (video in FaceBook). Raymond Kingsley Wickramasinghe, Bishop of the Diocese of Galle, presided over the celebration. Also concelebrating were Fathers Rodrigo, OMI, and Father Susith Milroy, Salesian, relative of the Sri Lankan novice. The brothers from Sri Lanka were present in a special way, as well as the brothers of the Novitiate Advisory Team: Br. Paul Kane, Provincial Secretary of the Star of the Sea Province, Br. Juan Castro from the Marist District of Asia (MDA) and Br. Noel Fonseca from Sri Lanka.

The 4 newly professed brothers came from different countries because they could not join the previous group of novices due to the pandemic. These brothers made their first phase of the novitiate virtually, coordinated by the Master of Novices. Finally, after overcoming long waiting times, internet and visa problems, and the reopening of the airports, the four of them were able to travel to Sri Lanka and begin the novitiate formation in person.

Tudella International Novitiate, Sri Lanka

In the Tudella novitiate, 8 novices will complete the first year of formation: 5 from Timor Leste (Star of the Sea Province) and 3 from the Marist District of Asia (2 from Vietnam and 1 from Cambodia). In May they will begin their second year of novitiate.

The novitiate year begins on May 3 and 5 new novices will join the 8 second-year novices: 3 from the Marist District of Asia, 1 from Sri Lanka (South Asia Province), and 1 from Papua New Guinea (Star of the Sea Province).

The formators are Brothers Real from Canada, Rod from Australia, and Francisco “Paco” Garcia from the Marist District of Asia. Two other brothers from South Asia will be part of the community of formators.

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