Date: 16 Sep 2015
Venue: Killarney, Co Kerry
On Wednesday 16th September 2015, on a gentle autumn evening at the Presentation Brothers’ International Novitiate in Killarney, the Brothers received four men into the Novitiate. Stanislaus Visuvasam, Colins Thirugnanaseelan and Douglas Mariya Williams, each from Sri Lanka, joined Canadian David McCormick in successfully requesting for admission into the Presentation Brothers. An intimate gathering of Brothers, Presentation Sisters and the wider Presentation Family joined in the celebration. Mass was celebrated by Fr Jim Lenihan.
Congregation Leader Br Martin Kenneally gave a powerful and inspiring homily, encouraging the young novitiates in their faith, and stirring in them the determination necessary to move forward in their vocation. Director of Novices, Br Barry Noel, shared with the novices that formation is about creating a visible community where young men can joyfully and wholeheartedly respond to who God wishes them to be their truest self.
The Scripture readings echoed simply but effectively the important steps that were being taken. The First Reading detailed Abraham’s calling; with the Lord’s command to ‘leave your country, your relatives…and go to a land that I am going to show you’ very much reflecting the physical and spiritual journeys of each of the novitiates themselves. The Gospel of John laid out in clear terms to the novitiates the extent of their vocation.
Stani, Colins, Douglas and David were then each presented with their habits, a Bible, and the Presentation Constitution, by Vocations Director Br Rupert O’Sullivan, as they each made their novitiate promises. Fr Jim spoke of the sacrificial nature of love, and of how blessed the Congregation were to have four more men willing to engage in such sacrifice for the mission. The ceremony was very prayerful, showcasing a wonderful sense of humour, hope and joy.
This is an exciting time for the Presentation Family, as we gather in four more humble men so willing to give their lives to God’s call. Such a living example of the current international dynamism of the Brothers is to be celebrated, while the evening also deftly retained the essential sense of close-knit community that bonds the wider Presentation Family together. This is truly a time where the Brothers are responding to Pope Francis’ invitation to religious to ‘wake up the world’.