Friars renew vows, installed as acolytes, readers

Friars renew vows, installed as acolytes, readers
Six Franciscan seminarians renewed their vows and were installed into liturgical ministries on May 24 at the Custodial House of the Custody of Saint Anthony of Padua – Southern Philippines. FR. NEIL BADILLO, OFM

CEBU City – Six Franciscan seminarians renewed their vows and were installed into liturgical ministries on May 24 at the Custodial House of the Custody of Saint Anthony of Padua – Southern Philippines.

Presiding over the celebration was Fr. Arturo Daquilanea, OFM, Custos of the said Custody, who reminded the young Franciscans about their identity.

“As friars minor we do not have anything of our own except our identity. As you renew your vows and are installed into ministries, you are first a ‘friar minor’,” said the priest during his homily.

Daquilanea also added that the Franciscan identity is expressed by being human and by being a brother.

“To be a brother is to be in a relationship with another guided by the Rule and Constitutions which give form and identity to our life. Our life and manner of acting are marked fundamentally by our words and action which enflesh our identity as ‘brother’ and as ‘friar minor’”, he said.

Fr. Neil Badillo OFM, editor of Franciscan magazine ‘Dialogue’, said that of the 6 Franciscan seminarians 3 were installed as lectorates (readers) and 3 as acolytes. CBCPNews