On August 21, 2015 at the Oblate School of Theology’s Immaculate Conception Chapel in San Antonio, Texas, Conventual Franciscan Friar Ian Bremar professed his Solemn Vows into the hands of his Minister Provincial, Friar James Kent. By doing so he embraced Franciscan life for the rest of his days.
In the above video of the profession, we see the happiness in Ian’s eyes as well as the gratefulness he feels for being able to follow his vocation from God. The video also underlines the deep sense of family that friars feel for each other. They will always take care of and support Ian as well as his parents and relatives.
Friar Ian has written a reflection on his Profession of Solemn Vows. We include it below so that it may inspire all of you to open your hearts to God and follow your own vocations:
When I returned from the solemn vow pilgrimage many people thanked and congratulated me on my up-coming profession. I could not help but think, however, that I had done very little for which to be thanked or congratulated. As I recall Bro. Tim Unser, a wise figure among the friars, say, "Everything is gift; at the end of a lifetime or at the end of the day, all we can say is Thank you." Each experience that has led me to the profession of solemn vows and every person that has been a part of my life has been a gift from God. I am, therefore, most grateful, because as Mary proclaims in her Magnificat, "the Lord has done great things for me, and Holy is his Name."
I have been blessed with many opportunities to learn, to serve, and to grow in the faith, especially in my years of initial formation. The friars have shaped my life in countless ways, challenging me to love, teaching me lessons of humility and concern for justice, and bringing much joy into my life. I am grateful to be welcomed as a brother among them.
I know that I owe much to my friends, the parish community of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in my hometown, and, of course to my family. They have all been a great support to me as I discerned God's call and walk with me even now as the journey continues. My siblings, Jessica, Zachary, and Angela, have especially shaped my life in their own unique ways. They were my first school of brotherhood. And I cannot thank my parents, Doug and Linda, enough for their ardent and uncompromising love, their example of commitment and faith, and for supporting me no matter what. It was a joy to celebrate with all of these men and women the gift of solemn profession, and as the opening hymn proclaimed that day, "Yo nada quiero; ya soy feliz."
(Source of image with story: OLC Province.)