Profession of Solemn Vows

This weekend, the campus of St. Fidelis Seminary was host to a wonderful event – the profession of solemn vows by two Capuchin brothers.     With more than 200 family members, villagers and Capuchin brothers in attendance, Brother Patrick Herok and Br. Robin Rati make their promises to serve the Church and their Capuchin brothers for the rest of their lives.

I felt very privileged to have been in attendance to see their witness of faith and that of people.  The video below is a montage of the Mass, including the participation by a local parish choir and a couple of traditional groups who were instrumental in representing their culture during the Mass.

Hopefully the video does a good job of standing on its own, but if you have questions, please let me know and I’ll do my best to provide an answer.


Solemn Profession – Papua New Guinea from Steve Nelson on Vimeo.

6 thoughts on “Profession of Solemn Vows

  1. Steve, your sharing of this video was so special… thank you so much. I am loving all your posts, so regularly… I fear they may be less frequent once the school term begins and you get busier… hope not!

    • Hi Dee! I don’t know how my postings will change once school starts. I should be able to come into town on Fridays (my day off) rather than Mondays, but hopefully I’ll have plenty of good stuff to post about.

  2. Very nice, Steve! This shows just how universal our Catholic church truly is! I am puzzled at communion by intinction. I didn’t know Catholics can do that… what are your thoughts on that?

    • Hi Lyn! I don’t think I’m really qualified to comment on intinction. I’ve seen it done in lots of places, but I don’t do it myself. As an EMHC in Tulsa, we were told to discourage it or even not allow it. I don’t know what the official policy is here in this archdiocese. I’ll ask the archbishop when I see him later this afternoon.

      • Yes, please, I would be very curious to know. I’m assuming that perhaps some sort of special dispensation was given for this to happen. I’ve never seen it done in a Catholic Mass which is why I noticed it straight away in your video.

  3. Steve – thanks for sharing this great video! Wow. 🙂 Great to see all the similarities we have with one another as Catholics. I loved how strong all the singing was!

    Lyn – intinction is practiced by Catholics, both Roman rite and Eastern rites. My understanding is that as long as the communicant receives from the priest and on the tongue, it is permitted.

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