The Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word have a newly perpetually professed friar, Br. John Therese Marie of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus.

After six years of Franciscan formation, one as a postulant, another as a novice, four in temporary vows, and with much growth in the ways of Christ, Br. John made his Perpetual Profession of Vows today, August 11, 2017.  Bishop Robert Baker celebrated the Mass.  This is a special day for Brother, the MFVA Community and his family.  It’s edifying and encouraging to witness a young man give his life to God and the Church while living the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

Consecrating oneself in this form of life, requires a great love for Jesus, trust in Him, a burning desire to serve and live radically like Him.  St. Francis of Assisi lived this way.  He continues to inspire men to lose their life to follow Christ.  Brother John joyfully surrendered everything today to live for and like Jesus in the way St. Francis lived and taught.


30 thoughts on “Br. John Therese Makes Perpetual Profession of Vows

  1. Dear Brother John Therese,
    May God grant you peace and perseverance! Congratulations on professing your Perpetual Vows, and on such a great Feast Day, that of St. Clare! I remembered you at Mass at the Poor Clares in Langhorne, Pa. this morning.
    Will keep you in my prayers, and may I ask you to keep me and my family in yours? Thank you, Brother.
    A sister in Christ, Anne

  2. Why is Fr. Miguel in the role of a Deacon? This is bothering me so much that I am unable to watch the Mass. Please let me know! He is one of my favorite Priests ever! His love for Mary is one of the reasons why I love him! I love when he pray the Hail Mary after the Prayer of the Faithful. Please explain to everyone why he appears to be “demoted”!

    1. He is functioning as Master of Ceremonies, not “Deacon”. A priest from the hosting community acts as Master of Ceremonies to direct the guest presider. This is a simplistic answer for this situation. Masters of Ceremonies, dressed similarly to Father Miguel, are present at every Papal Mass to assist the Pope, at masses presided over by Cardinals, Archbishops, Bishops, and combinations of other high-ranking clerics. It is the job of the Master of Ceremonies to know what is supposed to happen next, who does it, who moves where, when they move, etc. The Master of Ceremonies choreographs the entire mass. It is beautiful and inspiring to watch a well choreographed, well-served mass. It takes a Master of Ceremonies, his assistants, servers, thurifers, crucifers, cantors, choristers, clerics and the congregation paying attention. But it is directed by the Master of Ceremonies. (After the Holy Spirit, of course)

  3. Congrats to Br John Therese on this important milestone!! I have enjoyed seeing you progress through the years. Best wishes on whatever God has in store for you.

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    I watched every minute of your Perpetual Profession of Vows and I couldn’t have been more proud of you than if you were my son. I am so happy for your mother too. She must be a special person to have raised such a wonder-ful son. Much love and please pray for me as I will pray for you and your brother friars.

  5. I have watched him over the past couple of years. I see him doing the readings at daily mass and trying to sing….he reads well. We are blessed to have him.

  6. It doesn’t seem like 6 years ago I had an accident with my knee and found the EWTN Daily Mass. it was in October and 2 young men were in the first pew with polo tops and cream trousers. Having watched this young man grow from a boy to a man, I feel as much pride in his vocation as I would my own son. God bless Brother John and his family in Christ as well as his mum, dad and brothers. May God give Brother John all the many graces he may need in his future vocation. Thank you and God bless all the Brothers.

  7. I felt honoured and blessed to be part of this lovely and meaningful day.
    From my living room near Toronto , Canada your daily mass has be the most meaningful part of my day through a long, and now ebbing illness. Br. John Terese has always seemed to add a little Canadian- like touch each day, being French. I appreciate his clear and moving reading and the calm and focused manner he brings to all that he does . It adds greatly to the beauty and the wonder of each mass.

    I will continue to pray for him and for his family. As his vocation continues to deepen his dedication will be certain to continue to aid in the healing of others, and of the church.

    Thank you for giving God and us your life!

  8. God bless you Br. John Therese !! I truly enjoyed every moment of the Mass on Sunday August 11th. Your family looked so proud of you and rightly so. I love the whole ETWN family and you all have enriched my life.
    Blessings, Marion Solomon, Plymouth MA

  9. ¡Muchísimas felicidades al Hermano John Therese por la profesión de sus votos perpetuos!
    Mis oraciones por él y por toda la comunidad MFVA que tanto nos llena con su espiritualidad.
    Yo veo la Santa Misa en El Salvador, C.A. y, aunque está doblada al español, es siempre una gran bendición ver la piedad y el fervor para celebrar la Santa Eucaristía.
    Muchas gracias por ello.

  10. Congratulations Bro John Therese from Philadelphia. I was teary eyed watching the ceremony. GOD Bless you! So glad that I found EWTN

  11. Such sadness must engulf your mind right now. The heinous crime committed In Texas yesterday was the work of the devil himself. Pray for hour birthplace and all of us who feel your sadness today. You are truly blessed as I watch you st mass one day later and could see your feeling coming forth. God bless you, the family of the tragedy and the state of Texas. 🙏🙏🙏 juliette Andrews Florida

  12. Brother John……..Is There Ever a Time When You Wear Jeans and Flanel Shirts,With Some mountain Boots? God Bless Ya😊

    1. lol! No, we always wear our religious habit unless an activity requires another type of clothing like working out, although we don’t do so in public. The habit is an outward sign of our vows to the Lord and a way to evangelize.

      1. I like to hear the brothers read at the Daily Mass everyday.
        Br. John has done an excellent job at Mass such as reading the bible verses and the prayers
        I also like the friars habit with the emblazoned monstrance on their habits
        When I look at the monstrance, it makes me think that Jesus is in the monstrance as well along with the host
        I enjoy the mfva brothers

  13. I appreciate Brother John Therese’s sincere readings. Will he be ordained to the priesthood? And if so,when?

  14. Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini.

    A belated congratulations. Thank you for your expressive and reverent Readings at daily Mass.

  15. Dear Br. John Therese, I watch EWTN faithfully each morning for Mass and Recitation of the Holy Rosary. I hope you will remain with EWTN for a very long time. I enjoyed watching and listening to you while you were interviewing the young people in Portugal last week. You are such an inspiration.

  16. God bless you, Brother John Therese! You are such a humble reverent Soul. I enjoy seeing you reading the Readings at the daily Mass and I enjoy you on Life on the Rock with
    Fr. Mark Mary. Your coverage of World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal this year was great! You have the Light of Christ in your smile!

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