On the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, February 11, 2023, Brother Louis Marie, age 24, completed his two years of Novitiate and made his First Vows as a Brother MICM. The simple and beautiful ceremony takes place fittingly at the Offertory of the Mass. After bowing and asking for the “mercy of God and the companionship of the brethren,” Brother Louis stood and professed his vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience as a Slave of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In response, the celebrant, Father Daniel Becker, spoke these moving words: “I, on the part of God, if you keep these vows, promise you eternal life.” The newly professed then received the cassock and cincture of a professed Brother and the lighted candle symbolic of the light of Christ.
Following the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, all present were welcome to enjoy a piece of cake in celebration. A formal reception was held later in the afternoon in MacIsaac Hall. Please pray for Brother Louis Marie, MICM, as he continues toward his Final Profession. Perseverance Brother!
Enjoy a gallery of photos from the First Profession below.
“The harvest indeed is great, but the laborers are few. Pray ye, therefore, the Lord of the harvest, that He send forth laborers into His harvest.” ~Matthew 9:37-38