On Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at 6 pm in the chapel of Juniorate Community 1, New Manila, Quezon City, our brothers Br. Ramil M. Verganio, Sch. P., Br. William A. Crispolon, Sch. P., Br. Juanito A. Nasataya., Jr., Sch. P., Br. Marlon P. Ocampo, Sch. P., Br. Archie R. Magarao, Sch. P., Br. Larry James C. Cebedo, Sch. P., Br. Rolan O. Felices, Sch. P., and Br. Robert S. Ibarrola, Sch. P. made their Solemn Profession of Vows in the hands of Fr. General Pedro Aguado Sch. P.
In attendance were priests from different houses of the Piarist Fathers in the Philippines. The celebration became more meaningful with the presence of the General Delegation: Fr. Julio Alberto Alvarez Sch. P. (General Assistant for America) and Fr. Joszef Urban Sch. P. (General Assistant for Asia), family members, and friends.
In his homily, the Father General highlighted three points as usual.
First, he defined the solemn profession as a definitive yes to Jesus Christ after several yes. He shared that Calasanz viewed solemn profession as “There is nothing more pleasing to God than a solemn profession of a young man except for martyrdom.” The solemn profession must be learned and lived at the same time.
Second, recalling the Gospel’s reading, “I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit because without me you can do nothing” (Jn. 15:1-8), he emphasized that the center of everything is Jesus Christ, the Lord. Their love for Jesus must be the center of their lives, not their ideals, histories, wounds, and aspirations, but love for Jesus.
Third, the Order expects our eight brothers to live their vocation fully, with profound joy. As the new Calasanz, he encouraged the brothers not to be afraid to live their vocation in fullness. Fullness is the stature of becoming small because smallness is filled with God.
He admonished the solemnly professed brothers to strive to follow Christ simply as Calasanz did so that they can bear witness to Christ by their vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience and, in conformity with obedience, the dedication to the education of children and youth.
Let us pray for more vocation in the Order of the Pious Schools!
Aldrin Carlo M. Perez Sch. P.