In the beginning of the month of April 2016 the Claret Novitiate House Community in Ormoc City, Leyte, Philippines began their extensive preparation for the upcoming First Evangelical Profession of five (5) senior novices on the first of May 2016. The whole community was organized and divided into specific committees for the plans of the said special event on the first of May and activities prior to that.
On April 27, 2016 the families and relatives of the professing brothers began to arrive in the community and was cordially welcomed by the Claretian family. In the morning of the 28th of April the senior novices with their families/relatives had their tree planting activity in view of responding to the call of “preserving our mother earth and making it fruitful” (Laudato Si #124). During the Holy Eucharist on the 30th of April the professing novices signed the document on ceding of administration of goods as a “free act of renunciation of patrimonial goods” (C.M.F Director, 72) in the presence of the whole community and the provincial superior as the presider, by midday the senior novices together with their families and some professed Claretian priests namely; Fr. Eduardo Apungan, CMF, Fr. Lorenzo Miranda, CMF, Fr. Anthony Carreon, CMF, Fr. Paulino Manila Jr., CMF, Fr. Thomas Tran Van Kiem, CMF and with some friends had their lunch out at the Lake Danao of Ormoc City.
May 1, 2016 was a day of great grace especially for Novices; John Paul Santiago Bernal, Crison Mark Daguines Colinio, Francis Xavier Nguyen Xuan Hiep, Peter Pham Hoang Thai and Joseph Nguyen Huu Tinh for they publicly professed their first evangelical vows during the solemn celebration of the Holy Eucharist which was presided over by the Provincial Superior Fr. Eduardo Apungan, CMF and was con celebrated by Fr. Lorenzo Miranda, CMF (Local Superior,) Fr Anthony Carreon, CMF (Prefect of Formation,) Fr. Paulino Manila Jr., CMF (Novice Master,) and Thomas Tran Van Kiem (Community Vicar and Local Econome.) With hearts full joy the whole community had a celebration with the newly professed brothers and their families with some friends and with the junior novices and professed Claretian priest. The whole celebration was loaded up with presentations of songs and dances coming from some Claretian priests, novices and some family members of the newly professed brothers and finally the day ended with joy in each and every ones heart but for the five (5) newly professed brothers their joys in dedicating their lives to the Lord is just beginning.