Sacred Heart Parish, Battersea played host to the joyous occasion of the Final Professions of Brother Joseph Tran SDB (left) and Brother Gregory Echegwo SDB (right); Salesians of Don Bosco in the British Province.
In the presence of Fr Guillermo Basanes, the General Councillor for Salesian Missions, taking the place of the Rector Major, Bro Greg and Bro Joe made public their desire to be Salesians for the rest of their lives, taking the vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience.
Surrounded by over 20 fellow Salesian Priests and Brothers, there was an outpouring of joy as they received the crosses signifying their Final Profession.
Music for the celebration was provided by the Parish musicians (with a few additions) and the Church was full of parishioners singing God's praises at the witness of these two young men placing God at the centre of their lives in a very special context - that of Salesian Religious Life.
Bro Joe and Bro Greg were joined by members of their families and many friends on their special day.
The Parish Priest, Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessey SDB spoke to the many young people in the Church asking them directly whether God was calling them to the Religius Life and Priesthood.
The Salesian Provincial, Fr Gerry Briody SDB welcomed Fr Guillermo in Spanish much to the delight of the international Congregation (Fr Guillermo, a native of Argentina).
After the ceremony, the celebrations continued in St John Bosco College with a very fine buffet presented by the Parishioners of the Sacred Heart Parish.
The Province is very grateful to the Rector, Fr Tom Williams SDB and the local Community for preparing such a glorious event.
With thanks to almighty God for His continued blessings to the Salesians of the GBR Province.
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