MGLs welcome new crop of ‘zealous, faithful missionaries’

Br Shehan Fernando, Br Justin Uzabeaga and Br Joshua Whicker and the Missionaries of God’s Love priests and brothers at the final vows ceremony (Melbourne Catholic)

The Missionaries of God’s Love have a “new generation of energetic, zealous, faithful missionaries” with three brothers making their final vows this month. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

It was a night of jubilation and celebration for Br Joshua Whicker, Br Justin Uzabeaga and Br Shehan Fernando, who are based in Melbourne.

At the Mass held on December 3 at St Christopher's Cathedral in Canberra, MGL moderator and founder Fr Ken Barker MGL said the event was a celebration for all, given the challenges that the past two years have brought.

“Each of these brothers has worked hard in their formation in preparation for this day. It was very moving for us all to see them profess vows for life. Each one is uniquely gifted naturally and each exercises significant charismatic gifts, all of which will be evident in their future ministries.”

Fr Steve Fletcher MGL, acting rector of the JPII House of Studies in Melbourne, where the brothers have been living for the past five years, said the brothers’ final vows was a significant event in the history of the MGL..

“To see young men make their vows and respond to God’s action in their lives so radically is always a great inspiration. These three men stepping forward in this way represents a new generation of MGLs coming through and stepping forward in their vocations,” Fr Fletcher said.

Fr Barker echoed this in his homily expressing that each of these brothers “are a sign to all of us of a new generation of energetic, zealous, faithful missionaries proclaiming the saving love of God and calling people into the experience of this love, changing hearts and turning them back to God”.


MGLs welcome ‘new generation of zealous, faithful missionaries’ (Melbourne Catholic

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