Jubilee Celebrations with Professions and Ordination in Pakistan

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Jubilee Celebrations with Professions and Ordinations in Pakistan
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It was all celebrations for the friars of the Vice Province of Pakistan. Starting with the Solemn Profession of two of their brothers on the 30th of November and then the celebration of the Jubilee of the Order at Warispura, Faisalabad during which one of their one of their brothers was ordained a deacon.

Solemn Profession of Bro Pervez Simon and Bro Aftab Joseph

The 30th of November was a joyful, grace filled and memorable day for the Dominican friars in Pakistan. This day two of our young brothers namely, Pervez Simon and Aftab Joseph made their solemn profession in the Order. The Vice Provincial of Pakistan, Fr. Pascal Paulus presided the liturgy of the solemn profession. During his homily Fr. Pascal encouraged the young friars to be steadfast in their vocation. Fr. Pascal urged the brothers to fix their eyes on the person of Jesus as a role model and guide for future life in the Dominican Order. Fr. Pascal stated that brothers are a Jubilee gift for our small Vice Province.

Fr. Pascal congratulated and appreciated the parents of the brothers for presenting their precious gift to the Church. Due to family faith formation the brothers are able to listen to the voice of the Lord and say yes to his calling. Fr. Pascal further stated that the young friars are signs of hope and are the signs of our bright and prosperous future in Pakistan.

Brother Pervez Simon in his word of gratitude appreciated and was thankful to the hard work of their parents, formators and seminary professors. He acknowledged that all these people have contributed to their life, faith journey, education and process of discernment. At this blessed occasion Dominican priests, brothers, sisters and family member of brothers were gathered in great number.

Jubilee Celebrations and Diaconate of Bro. Yasir Paul

the 1st of December, it was the celebration of the Jubilee of the Order at Warispura, Faisalabad. At this historical moment Bro. Yasir Paul OP Ordained Deacon by his Excellency Bishop Joseph Arshad (Bishop of Faisalabad Diocese). The Jubilee Candle was lit by Fr. Pascal and Bishop Joseph Arshad.

Bishop Joseph highlighted the great services of Dominican missionaries’ friars and sisters in Pakistan. He mentioned that Dominicans are the pioneers of the two dioceses namely, Multan and Faisalabad in Pakistan. Dominicans are offering remarkable services in the fields of education, parishes, Justice and Peace, Prison ministry, interfaith dialogue, tribal mission, faith formation of the laity and youth, offering retreats, teaching and preaching.

Fr. Pascal in his words of gratitude paid tribute to the great and outstanding services of the Dominican missionaries in the building and development of the local church. He said that Jubilee is a time to renew our efforts and move forward in this modern era to continue the great legacy of our forefathers. At this historical event Bro. Yasir was ordained deacon.  Dominican friars, sisters and many lay people were also present at this occasion.     

Bro. Shahzad Aquinas OP

 

(05 December 2016)