The Glenmary Oath calls each man to a special practice of poverty, chastity, obedience and prayer. Men in formation make their First Oath after their novitiate year, and renew that oath annually a number of times before professing a Final Oath, which is for life.
Five men recently renewed their oaths while two made their profession for the first time.
Jose Carlos Miguel Lopez, Samuel Mungai, Ken Wandera, Matthew Solarz and Josiah Kimani each renewed their oaths May 24 at Glenmary’s Our Lady of the Fields Chapel in Cincinnati. Jose Carlos, Samuel and Ken will be eligible to profess their Final Oaths in 2020. Matthew and Josiah may become eligible in 2021.
Glenmary Novices Erick Orandi and Willy Kyagulanyi made their First Oaths on Pentecost during Glenmary’s Chapter of Affairs in Charleston, W.Va.
Along the journey, each of these men has studied, experienced and prayed about Glenmary and the Glenmary lifestyle. For example, in the novitiate program, under the guidance of seasoned Glenmarians, students apply their foundations in college-level theology and philosophy to what they’re learning about Glenmary and how the society’s ideals apply to life in the Church today.
Glenmary presently has 10 men in formation preparing for missionary priesthood or brotherhood.
This story first appeared in the Summer 2019 edition of Glenmary Challenge magazine.