CELEBRATION OF THE PERPETUAL PROFESSION OF
BROTHER KEVIN O’DONNELL SDB
BROTHER JOSEPH DAO DUC QUOC SDB
ST GREGORY’S PARISH CHURCH, BOLLINGTON
ON SUNDAY 3RD JULY, 2016
The perpetual profession as Salesians of Don Bosco of Brother Kevin and Brother Joseph was received by the Provincial, Fr Martin Coyle SDB on Sunday.
The congregation, including 20 fellow SDB’s, rejoiced at the blessing of God of the Brothers Kevin and Joseph to the province and the Worldwide Congregation.
‘God’s love is for all, and we are all called to a universal vocation’ said Fr Martin in his sermon to the congregation, ‘but some are called to follow Jesus in a radical way, as Religious within the Salesian Society, called to serve young people.’
Surrounded by family and friends Brother Kevin and Brother Joseph committed themselves to ‘live obediently, poor and chaste for ever’ and asked Mary Help of Christians, St Joseph, St Francis de Sales and St John Bosco to keep them faithful to this commitment.
The music prepared by Dan Antonio fittingly enhanced this beautiful ceremony, and was executed to perfection by the singers and musicians.
Later on all were invited to Savio House, Bollington to continue the celebrations in gorgeous sunshine. Fr Tony, Rector and the Community had organised food and drink to supplement the spiritual blessings.
Brother Kevin was joined by his mother Hannah, his brother Paul and Annemarie and Martin (sister and brother-in-law). Brother Joseph was joined by many friends from London – Fr Martin SJ, Bro Anthony SJ, Thai, Trang, Quoc, Quynh, David and Francis.
As the Province rejoiced in such a great day, the whole Salesian Family were there to witness the joyful commitment of Brothers Kevin and Joseph – many members of the Salesian Youth Ministry Teams contributed so much energy and friendship to the whole proceedings – and we all thank God for such a beautiful day.
In the summer, Brother Kevin will be ordained Deacon and will minister in the Parish of the Sacred Heart in Battersea, London; Brother Joseph will be ministering in the Province of Africa, Great Lakes – he will be working in a technical school and oratory in Uganda
Please keep them both in your prayers.