Summer is a time of transition for many (graduations, weddings, etc.) and religious communities are no exception! This coming summer, we are looking forward to diaconate ordination of Brother Matthew Mary in June and then Brother John Therese’s perpetual vows in August.
A convert to Catholicism with a background in chemistry, Br. Matthew Mary is finishing up his third year of theology at Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg, Maryland. After he is ordained a deacon, he will return to Emmitsburg for a final seminary and then, God willing, will prepare for his ordination to the priesthood.
While Br. John Therese has already taken temporary vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience as well as committed himself to our Rule and Constitution, Br. John Therese will now consecrate himself to God for the entirety of his life. These perpetual vows signify that the religious life will be his vocation in life–the way in which he strives for heaven.
These occasions are always ones of great joy for our community. As our brothers in Christ, we continually strive to pray for and support the men in formation. In addition, as vows are taken, we have the opportunity to recall our own vows and our commitment to this abundant life to which the Lord has called us.
In the coming months, please keep all of our community–and particularly Br. Matthew Mary and Br. John Therese–in your prayers!