The polish province – 8 September 2018

On the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, September 8, in the historic church of St. Camillus in Tarnowskie Gory took place a ceremony of religious vows made by the five youngest camillians religious belonging to the polish province. On this day, brother Rafał Markowski (from Poland) and brother Grzegorz Piskorz (from Poland) have done their perpetual vows. At the same time, the temporary vows were renewed by: brother Marcin Aleksandrowicz (from Poland), brother Jean Christian Nasoloarimalala (from Madagascar) and brother Lasza Manukian (from Georgia). The ceremony was presided over by the provincial superior, Father Miroslaw Szwajnoch, who in the homily paid special attention to the contemporary understanding of evangelical counsels. The vow of chastity is a lonely life, but it is not an emptiness – said the Provincial, – because the lack of family ties is fulfilled by God, by the religious community and by the multitude of nameless people among whom we serve. The vow of poverty is not so much a resignation from possessing temporary goods, but a willingness to share everything with those who are in need. Obedience is a search for happiness between ancient eudaimonism and the gospel’s blessings and, finally, the service to the sick is a Camillian privilege to be open to all people, regardless of their religious, political or ethical beliefs.