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South American Novitiate in Brazil “Graduates” First Two Novices

_Sunday, January 8, 2017, the first “graduates” of the newly inaugurated novitiate in Brazil made their first vows in the presence of their religious and natural families as well as many other guests, including many sisters from the Assumption Family. Br. Jefferson de Oliveira Marques, Brazilian, and Br. Jonathan Esteban Ruiz Rivera, Chilean, completed their year’s formation in Espirito Santo do Pinhal, some 3 hours west of São Paulo. The novitiate is located in the former high school seminary established by Dutch Assumptionists in the 1950s.

For many years the South American novitiate was located in Chile. In a renewed effort at collaboration among Assumptionists working in South America it was decided to refound a common novitiate in Brazil in 2016 and a common house of theology in Buenos Aires, Argentina the same year.

Br. Jefferson will soon be moving to Buenos Aires where he will begin his theological studies while Br. Jonathan will return to Chile to complete his studies at the Universidad católica de Chile. Upon completion he will pursue a licentiate degree in canon law in Buenos Aires.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 January 2017 15:33
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