'In the Lord I'll be ever thankful, in the Lord I will rejoice. Look to God, do not be afraid, raise up your voices, the Lord is here...'
To the sound of this Taize chant we processed into the Oratory of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Raheny, as I prepared to take vows which will commit me to life as a Capuchin Franciscan Friar, until death. The ceremony was heavy with symbolism and the air rich with a palpable energy, as surround by Friars, family and friends, I made my vows into the hands of Brother Adrian Curran OFM Cap, our Provincial Minister.
I am immensely grateful and humbled to be counted as a Brother of St Francis of Assisi and pray that the life of St Francis will inspire more men to come and follow Christ as a Capuchin Franciscan Friar.
Here are some images of the day.
Pax et Bonum!!
Brother Martin OFM Cap.
|Brother Bryan and Brother Iggy|
|Brother Lucjen (British Province) with Brother Bryan|
|Sublime and moving music provided by the Taize Community|
|Brother Kevin (Church Street) and Brother Pius (Halston Street)|
|Brother Jeremy (Rochestown, Cork)|
|Brother Adrian (Provincial Minister), Brother Martin and Brother Bryan (preacher)|
|Brother John (Carlow) and Brother Jeremy|
|Brother Martin lies prostrate on the floor as the Litany of the Saints is chanted|
|'In the Name of the Most Holy Trinity, I Brother Martin Bennett...'|
|'Into your hands, Brother Adrian...'|
|Solemn prayer of Consecration|
|After Brother Martin is consecrated as a Capuchin Friar for life, the assembled Friars exchange a sign of peace with him|
|Brother Tom (Holy Trinity, Cork) and Brother Kevin|
|Brother Sean (Kilkenny) and Brother Eustace (Raheny)|
|In the presence of the Provincial Minister and two witnesses, Brother Martin signs the Solemn Profession register|
|Brother Bryan (Guardian, Church St), Brother Adrian (Provincial Minister), Brother Martin & Brother Mike (Guardian, Raheny)|
|Brother Richard (Church St) and Brother Martin|
|Brother Sean Kelly (Raheny) & Brother Martin|
|Brother Anthony at 92 years young!|