Br. Jhobany Orduz, CSV, chose to enter the Viatorian Community after searching for a religious
community that reflected his interest in social justice. He is a native of Cúcuta, Colombia, the sixth of seven children and the second religious vocation in his family. His oldest brother is a diocesan priest.
Br. Jhobany came to the Viatorians as a trained civil engineer, with a master’s degree in roads and infrastructure, and a specialization in education administration.
It was while working in Cúcuta as an engineer that he began to discern a call to religious life.
“I was working with poorer communities, building homes for people out in the countryside,” Br. Jhobany says.
The chance to empower these people with new homes opened his eyes to the needs of the marginalized and he sought a way to make a difference for even more people.
Fr. Frank Enciso, CSV, introduced Br. Jhobany to the Viatorians in 2010. One year later, he would join the community and ultimately the pre-novitiate, led the first year by Fr. Albeyro Vanegas, CSV, and the next year by Fr. Enciso. During those years, Br. Jhobany taught engineering students at the largest university in Colombia, Corporación Universitaria Minuto de Dios Uniminuto, in Bogotá, while assisting at Parroquia Santa Inés de Guaymaral on weekends.
Br. Jhobany completed his novitiate years through the Council of Latin America and the Caribbean in Santiago, Chile, before returning to Bogotá in 2014 to profess his first vows.
As a religious brother, he spent two years as a teacher and administrator in the Civil Engineering School at Uniminuto and another two years at Universidad Católica de Colombia in Bogotá, while returning to Parroquia Sana Inés to help with catechesis instruction.
In January, 2018, Br. Jhobany departed Colombia in order to study English intensively while getting to know his Viatorian confreres in the United States.
Currently, he lives on the third floor of Saint Viator High School and commutes to Dominican University where he has just completed the 9th level of learning English. He now will enter the “mastery” phase, where he hopes to become fluent.
While living in Arlington Heights and within close proximity to the Viatorian Province Center, he is absorbing all he can about living in community and religious life in this country. Already, he has noticed how closely lay associates work with professed, as well as how many religious brothers there are. Among the community of Viatorians in Colombia, he is one only two religious brothers.
“Everyone’s been so welcoming, so friendly,” Br. Jhobany says. “I feel really comfortable with everyone — and much more confident in my religious life.”