The mission bell rang on a bright and muggy Wednesday morning, Aug. 29, as Glenmary novices Willy Kyagulanyi and Erick Orandi were blessed and sent forth for the mission-placement portion of their novitiate year.
Brother David Henley, Glenmary’s vocation director, rang the bell and Glenmary president Father Chet Artysiewicz presided as the men were given blessed crucifixes and told to be “messengers of salvation and peace, marked with the sign of the cross.” Glenmary priests and brothers from the Cincinnati headquarters and office staff gathered for the annual ceremony outside the novitiate house.
At the conclusion of the blessing, Erick and Willy drove off, passing Father Chet who sprinkled their vehicles with holy water.
The novices have been studying at the Glenmary novitiate house in Cincinnati since July. The second phase of the novitiate year, which runs through January, helps the students prepare for their career as missioners. Willy is assigned to Glenmary’s Holy Family Church in Lafayette, Tenn., while Erick is assigned to Glenmary’s St. Teresa of Kolkata Catholic Church in Maynardville, Tenn.
Erick and Willy hope to make their First Oaths with Glenmary next summer. They are part of a group of nine men currently in formation for Glenmary.
About Glenmary Home Missioners
Glenmary Home Missioners (aka the Home Missioners of America) is a Catholic society of priests and brothers who, along with coworkers, are dedicated to serving the spiritual and material needs of people living in mission counties throughout Appalachia and the South. Learn more at Glenmary.org.
Every day I realize how blessed and privileged I am to be a Glenmary Home Missioner. I get to enter sacred spaces with my encounters and interactions with the people of God.
- Brother Jason Muhlenkamp, Glenmarian
Taking a trip to the missions taught me that I can’t take my faith and the ability to practice that faith for granted.
- Rita M., Glenmary supporter.
The amazing thing about being a Glenmary volunteer is that the Glenmary spirit of ecumenism and charity is everywhere.
- Alyson M., mountain manager at Toppa Joppa, Grainger County, Tenn.
Many times, the faith and dedication of the people of the missions humbled me and challenged me to rededicate myself to our missionary work.