Kandy, Sri Lanka. On September 8th, on the feast day of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, eight students from St. Joseph Vaz Independent Delegation and one student from St. Charles Lwanga Independent Delegation professed their Perpetual Vows. The celebration took place at Claret Nivas, Kandy.
During the same celebration fifteen students renewed their temporary vows for another year. Of these, eleven are from Sri Lanka, two are from St. Charles Lwanga Independent Delegation and another two are from Indonesia-East Timor Independent Delegation. The solemn eucharistic celebration was presided by Fr. A. Milfer Vaz CMF, Vicar and Prefect of Apostolate. He accepted the religious commitment of the students as the delegate of the Major Superior since the latter is attending the General Chapter.
Those who made the perpetual commitment and are thus incorporated definitively into the Claretian Congregation are Students Anthony Desmond Croos CMF, Charles Mathews Desmenraj CMF, Gunaseelan Selexon CMF, Kipson Antony Danoshan CMF, Kirubanantharajah Annroy Aravinth CMF, Sahayanathan Rajasekar Dias CMF, Thevapalan Patrick Johnson CMF, Yogapalan Sutharsan CMF, and Student Kawuki Derrick Samuel (St. Charles Lwanga Independent Delegation).
During the homily the presider invited the candidates to be faithful to the religious commitment that they make and further he insisted on community living and being available for mission. The 8th of September, which is usually a day, when the Claretians come together to celebrate communion and brotherhood has been marked this year on a lowkey because of the restrictions related to the pandemic.
By Fr. J. Dilan Rojan CMF