It was the opportunity to lead a life of faith and one dedicated to science that first drew Br. Elkin Mendoza, CSV, to the Viatorians.
“Those are two relevant aspects of my formation,” Br. Elkin says.
Br. Elkin made his first profession of vows in August. He was the fifth religious brother to profess vows last year in Colombia, adding to an already growing Viatorian presence in the South American country.
Like many Viatorians, Br. Elkin learned of the community through another Viatorian, Br. Juan Carlos Ubaque, CSV, who made his final vows last year. Both young religious came from the town of Zetaquira, nestled in the Colombian Andes mountains, where it is known for its production of coffee, sugar cane and bananas, among other crops.
Zetaquira is located about an hour from Tunja, where the Viatorians opened a second school, Colegio San Viator Tunja, in 2017, and word of their reputation for developing excellent schools has spread.
Before coming to the Viatorians, Br. Elkin earned a degree in biology and worked briefly as a teacher. He now oversees all of the science labs at Colegio San Viator in Bogotá.
He hopes his vocation as a religious brother inspires his students.
“I hope our young people see our commitment to society,” Br. Elkin says, “and that religious life can be a way of being present in the world. It is an opportunity to give witness as to how happy we can be in our life choices that we have discerned and decided upon.”