First Religious Profession of the Retreat of the Presentation of Mary (Monte Argentario)
With great joy the novices invite you
to their first Religious Profession on
Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.
in the Cathedral of Orbetello (Gr).
Together let us praise and thank God!
The Passion of Jesus is the greatest and the most stupendous work of God’s Love.
(St.Paul of the Cross)
A letter from one of the novices:
IT DOES NOT SEEM REAL …
It does not seem real … and yet we have come to the end of this wonderful experience of “full immersion” in the great Passionist family.
This year’s novitiate, here on Monte Argentario, the cradle of our Congregation, was for all of us, the six novices (Marcelo, John Marino, Alberto, and Salvatore Ippolito) was really a year of grace, a year that was marked strongly with the experience of our formation journey, maturing thus our choice of a life of Consecration. We have been enriched on the spiritual plane, deepening and strengthening our personal relationship with the Lord who calls us to a great mission; on the community level, to live in good interpersonal relations among us novices and the religious community; on the intellectual level, with careful study and profound impact on the life and spirituality of our Founder St. Paul of the Cross, and consequently the whole history of our Congregation.
At the end of every experience, always comes a bit ‘of nostalgia … mixed with the joy that comes from the future prospects open before us. A big ‘thank you’ then, first of all to the Lord, who kept us always in his hands, making us win dark and difficult moments. None of us will forget the religious community that welcomed us, but especially the novice master: Fr. Carlo, a strong man and gentle at the same time, of great spirituality and great community spirit.
We will take with us the joy of having felt welcomed, valued and sought, first, by the Bishop of this diocese, Msgr. Guglielmo Borghetti, who with great joy has consented to preside over the Eucharistic celebration for our first Religious Profession on September 14, and then all the priests of the diocese who in one way or another have requested our involvement in some of their pastoral activities.
Thanks also go to the local people who never failed to be close to us, showing us with discretion, affection, warmth and friendliness.
Now in greeting, a ‘last thing we ask all of you, our friends to pray also for us, that we may always be docile and persevering allowing the Lord to complete the work he has begun in each of us!