Theologate, Elerumoke–Ibadan, September 8, 2020. On this day that is very dear to the Claretian Liturgy, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as is always usual, two of our Claretian members took their perpetual vows inside the Immaculate Heart Chapel, Claret House of Theology Elerumoke Ibadan in the hands of the Major Superior VRF Daniel Onyeayana Cmf. It is important to recall what our Constitutions say about this important and final step in the life of the Claretian Missionary.
With the approval of the Major Superior and his Council, a member may be definitively incorporated into the Congregation by perpetual vows. In order to be able to make perpetual vows, a member should have reached a level of personal maturity such that he can see this divine calling as good for his whole person and as a life he can actually live.
Our religious profession consists of taking vows of chastity, poverty and obedience and of making a public act whereby we consecrate ourselves to God and entrust ourselves to the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary for the ministry of salvation. By doing so, we more clearly show that we are professing religious life in a Congregation that was founded for the express purpose of performing the ministry of the Word.
Through this act of self-giving, accepted by the Congregation and the Church, each of our members share in our mission among the People of God. (Cons. 71)
Those who took this final step were:
Ø Eze Emmanuel Cmf and
Ø Mkpe Christopher Daniel Cmf
The Mass began at 10:00am with 12 Claretian Priests in attendance joined by a handful of Christians in keeping with the strict protocol nationally observed due to the ravaging coronavirus pandemic. Fr Gregory Ezeokeke Cmf and Fr Jude Igba Cmf stood as witnesses to the Final Profession.
However, Fr Ezeokeke, during his homily at the occasion, explained what Final, or rather, Perpetual Profession means to the congregants and encouraged the newly professed members to be faithful to their vows relying on the grace of God and the intercession of the Blessed Virgin, in whose Immaculate Heart we take refuge and find our perpetual succour.
May the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary be our salvation.
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