Solemn Vows Professed ~ Rio de Janeiro

At 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 7th, in our St. Francis of Assisi Parish in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Friar Luís Henrique and Friar Willian pronounced their solemn vows in the hands of the Custos Provincial, Fr. Antônio Molisani, OFM Conv. Among those present were friars from all of the friaries of our Brazilian Custody~Immaculate Conception, family members, members of the Secular Franciscan Order, parishioners, and friends of the two friars. The Mass celebration was marked with several signs of Franciscan spirituality, such as the Rule of St. Francis, sandals and the music, as well as the words of the Custos whose homily gave emphasis to the meaning of consecration to God in a world of consumerism and superficiality. Fr Antônio concluded with the assertion that their consecration, taken on for all their lives, should lead Friars Luís Henrique and Willian to joy and happiness.