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Vocations Continue to Grow in Colombia

January 18, 2017

The steady stream of  vocations continues in Colombia, where Viatorians now run two

From left to right: Br. Juan Carlos Ubaque, Associate Luz Stella Serrano, Br. William Pardo, Br. Jhobany Orduz and Fr. Pedro Herrera after the temporary vow ceremony

schools — Colegio San Viator in Colombia and Colegio San Viator in Tunja.

Most recently,  Br. Jhobany Orduz, CSV, and Br. William Pardo, CSV, renewed their temporary profession in a chapel at the Viatorian residence at Colegio San Viator in Tunja. Their profession came during Mass, where Br. Fredy Contreras, CSV, served as deacon and Associate Luz Stella Serrano also attended.

The vow ceremony began after the two brothers, as well as Br. Juan Carlos Ubaque, CSV, met with their mentor, Fr. Pedro Herrera, CSV, in their first meeting of the year.

Beyond mentoring young religious in formation, Fr. Pedro serves as president of the

After the ceremony, Br. William Pardo signs his three-year temporary vows,

Viatorians’ newest school, Colegio San Viator, while Br. Juan Carlos works in Campus Ministry and Br. Fredy serves as vice president of the school.

The brothers who renewed their vows are both educators.

Br. William works at the original Viatorian school in Bogotá, Colegio San Viator, as director of the Diploma Program of the International Baccalaureate Program at Colegio San Viator, while Br. Jhobany is in administration at the Universidad Catolicá de Colombia.

Br. Jhobany Orduz signs his three-year temporary vows

The emotional day concluded with lunch at the Viatorian residence before taking a short tour of the city on Tunja.

“The Viatorian Community has been blessed,” said Fr. Thomas von Behren, CSV, provincial, “with a steady stream of vocations in Colombia.”

Viatorians first arrived in Bogotá as missionaries, in 1961.