The year 2020 has been a unique year for the world. Covid-19 has caused much heartache and tragedy to the world with many disruptions. It was no different for Missionaries of the Poor as they have tended to the poor and disadvantaged in their communities during this time.
One of the disruptions this year has been in the Perpetual Profession of Vows (final vows) of several of the brothers in MOP (as they have reached their tenth year since them joining the brotherhood). Normal practice is for them to go back to their homeland mission to see their families at this special time when they take these final vows. Due to lock-downs and unavailability of flights, these journeys home for the brothers have not been possible. Thus, this year, the ceremony for the Perpetual Profession of Vows for 14 brothers, all wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing, was officiated at the Corpus Christi Monastery chapel at Kingston, Jamaica.
Interestingly, among the 14 being professed were three Indonesian brothers who were the first cohort to originate from the Labuan Bajo Mission in Flores. These brothers were meant to travel to Labuan Bajo in April of this year to take their final vows in mid-June. These three brothers joined the order as candidates in 2010 and are now fully professed. What a journey. Brothers Rikardus, Matias and Augustine (Lorianus). Check out the photos below and you might recognise some other familiar MOP faces. In addition, we have included some old images dating back 10 years.
Blessings to all
Trevor and Tina
The three Indonesian boys, Augustine, Matias and Rikardus
Can you spot Fr Ambrose?
More Indonesian boys, Fr Ambrose and Br Emmanuel Kagaba (soon to be Fr Emmanuel)
Early days October 2010
Game time at Labuan Bajo, 2010
At the Labuan Bajo markets, 2010
In the kitchen, 2010
With a much younger Tina and Trevor (March 2011)
With a very young Louis Lamuri April 2011
Our breakfast time in the rented house at Labuan Bajo 2011