|A view of the Legionary novices in Ireland making their religious profession.|
September 15, 2011. Dublin, Ireland. This past Sunday, September 11,
a Youth and Family Day was held at the Faith
and Family Center in the south of Dublin, followed by
the religious profession of Legionary novices at the novitiate in
The family day began at ten o’clock in
the morning. The children enjoyed games and Kids’ Net and
Good Shepherd faith formation activities. The adults followed a program
of talks and workshops aimed at helping them grow in
their knowledge of the Catholic faith.
The first talk, given by
Fr Anthony Bannon, LC, was on the topic of Family
and Faith. In his talk, the new superior of the
Legionary community in Dublin emphasized the importance of love in
the family as part of God’s plan for the world.
Two workshops followed, which focused on preparing the next Eucharistic
Congress to be held in Ireland in 2012, with talks
on the new English translation of the missal and on
Eucharistic Miracles, presented by Fr Michael Mullan, LC, and Fr
Fergal O’Duill, LC. Finally, Fr Sylvester Heereman, LC, the current
territorial director, spoke on hope in our daily life.
|Legionary priests gave several talks on living the faith in daily life.|
talks were followed by a family barbecue on the grounds.
and farewell from the novices in Dublin
At 3 pm the
families gathered at the Foxrock parish church to participate in
the Mass and witness the ceremony of religious profession, presided
over by Fr Sylvester Heereman, our territorial director, and concelebrated
by 15 Legionary and diocesan priests. Some of the novices’
families came from Mexico, Korea, and the United States to
be present as their sons took their first step in
religious life by taking the temporary vows of poverty, chastity,
After almost 50 years of forming novices for the
Legionaries of Christ in Ireland, this religious profession marks the
|Families gathered for a barbecue on the grounds of the Faith and Family Center.|
end of an era. Thus, the attendees knew that the
celebration would not only be special, but would have a
particular farewell flavor.
After the Mass, the guests were invited to
a reception at the novitiate. There, they were able to
congratulate the newly professed religious and chat with their families.
In the course of the evening, the newly professed put
on a show, singing Irish songs and telling stories about
their first two years in the Legion. Two families gave
their testimony of how God guided them in their marriage
and with their children. A Regnum Christi Mission Corps volunteer
from Mexico put on a lively violin performance, and two
songs from Fr Michael Mullan, LC, left people asking for
more. The newly professed then presented their mothers with bouquets
The evening ended on a positive note, focusing
on the way forward during the coming years in Ireland
while the formation program there has been put on hold.