Fray Selma on Solemn Profession: “We are called to be God’s presence wherever we are”

by Fray Jhoben Rodriguez, OAR

Mira Nila Homes, QUEZON CITY–“Solemn Profession is the definitive profession, perpetual, of our brothers,” Fray Dionisio Q. Selma, OAR, Prior Provincial, articulated during his homily last September 7, 2019 on the occasion of the Solemn Profession of the two Friars at Our Lady of Consolation Parish.

The brothers who solemnly consecrated their lives to God in religious life were Fray Virgilio Calalang Jr. y Cruz, OAR (35) from Balagtas, Bulacan – son of Mr and Mrs. +Virgilio Sr. and +Nelia Calalang – and Fray Cristito Rey Tepace y Pulga, OAR (27) from Laoang, Northern Samar – son of Mr. and Mrs. Reynaldo and Purita Tepace.

Fray Dionisio Q. Selma, OAR, officiated the Rites. He said: “We are called to be God’s presence wherever we are.” He explained that this Vocation to Religious Life is primarily a Gift, not given to everybody; secondly, it is Mystery, with the question of “why;” and thirdly, it is a Call that needs proper discernment. He concluded his homily by reminding all to remain in Jesus Christ despite all the odds in life.

Prior to the Solemn Profession of the brothers, they had their seven week Curso de Preparacion in Spain together with other OAR friars from other countries who made their Profession of Vows this year.

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