The last few months have been quite busy! Several of our seminarians moved to different stages on their path to becoming Missionary Servants, with some even being ordained Missionary Servant priests. There is more good news! Two young men received their habits and entered the Novitiate in Huitzila, Mexico, on September 24th.
Both young men— Pierre Richard Andral and John Yverson Azor – are from Haiti. They have already spent three years at our Pre-Novitiate in Costa Rica and now will spend the next year learning more about the Missionary Servants and our founder, and delving more deeply into our spirituality and way of life. Both men share that they are very anxious to begin this next big step in their journey. Br. Pierre nicely sums up their feelings:
“During my time in the Pre- Novitiate, I found the meaning of my life, which in turn gives me the strength to accept the path that the divine providence of God has called me to follow. I look forward to this Novitiate year preparing wholeheartedly to profess my first vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, which for me is a total dedication to Christ and his Church. I look upon the road ahead with great joy.”
Novitiate is a special year free of academic responsibilities so that the Novice can focus solely on prayer and growth in the spiritual life in order to discern if God is calling him to be a vowed religious for the rest of his life. Once this has been discerned, at the end of this special year, the Novice freely professes vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.
Father Raymond Riding is the Novice Master. It is his ministry to guide these young men through this year and teach them the essential elements of the Missionary Servant life and the spirituality needed to live it faithfully. To do this, Father. Raymond relies heavily on his own experience from years of personally living as a Missionary Servant of the Most Holy Trinity.
One practice that Father Ray teaches the Novices is to have a deep appreciation for our benefactors and to offer prayers of gratitude for them. They learn early on in their formation that it is you -– our loyal and generous supporters – who help make it possible for them to pursue the long road to priesthood.
As these two young men received their religious habit and a copy of our “Rule of Life” at the Mass of reception into the Novitiate, one couldn’t help but be filled with gratitude for you and with hope in the future of our Congregation.