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Five take their vows at Myross Wood

August 27th, 2017 7:07 AM

By Southern Star Team

Fr Alan Neville taking a selfie with Novices Giacomo Gelardi (Italy), Piotr Zlobinski (Poland), Domenico Rosa (Italy), Daniel Filipek (Slovakia) and Jaime Rosique (Spain) after their Ceremony of First Profession at Myross Wood Retreat House, Leap on Tuesday morning. (Photo: Anne MInihane)

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BY JACKIE KEOGH

FIVE men who joined a novitiate in Leap last year have taken their first vows in religious life.

Fr Nick Harnan, recently appointed leader of Myross Wood House, said the five took their vows recently in the chapel at Myross.

‘It was an incredible day because the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart had no novices in its formation houses in Ireland for the last ten years,' he said.

Fr Nick said the men – Piotr Zlobinski, Domenico Rossa, Jaime Rosique, Giacomo Gelardi and Daniel Silipek – arrived at Myross Wood on August 12th last year to enter the novitiate. 

He said: ‘They all came from different walks of life and different backgrounds, such as research and computer science, but they all expressed an interest in finding something deeper in life, and to be of real service to humanity.

‘As part of their exploration of the possibility of entering into the community of the MSC, they spent one year of personal searching, praying and exploring boundaries to help them discern if it was the right direction for them.

‘The last time we had a novitiate here was in 1968, so to see each of them take their First Vows was most inspiring.'

Fr Nick said there was ‘more good news' when Giacomo Gelardi, who is from Italy, confirmed that he will be joining the Irish province of MSC. And when these five young men return to their respective countries to continue their theological studies, Fr Nick confirmed: ‘Three more young men will arrive at the end of August, and one of them is Irish – Mark Quinn from Mayo.'

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