April 23, 2018 ~ Basilica Madona Della Ghiara. Servite Friar Jose Adonis Ma. Bongo, OSM professed his Solemn Vows of poverty, chastity and obedience to Rev Fr Pietro Ma. Andriotto, OSM – Prior Provincial, Provincia di Piemonte-Romagna at the Basilica Madona Della Ghiara in Italy with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist held half past Five in the afternoon April 21, 2018.
The Rite of Profession was witnessed by Fra Bongo’s family and friends, Rev Fr Benito Ma. Isip, OSM, Rev Fr Ador Ma. Javier, OSM, brother friars of the Servite Order and members of the Filipino community in Italy.
On his facebook page where he posted pictures of his solemn profession, he writes
“Quando sei innamorato, sei nel migliore per poter dar vita a nuovi cambiamenti ed a nuove esperienze, che possono trasformarti davvero.” (“When you’re in love, you’re in the best position to bring about new changes and new experiences that can really transform you.”)
La professione solenne non è una laurea, neppure un prestigio di vita, di cui essere orgogliosi; è una missione…. (Solemn profession is not a degree, not even a prestige of life, to be proud of; it’s a mission ….)
NON COME SERVI SOTTO LA LEGGE, MA COME UOMINI LIBERI SOTTO LA GRAZIA -San’Agostino (NOT HOW YOU SERVE UNDER THE LAW, BUT AS FREE MEN UNDER THE GRACE -San’Agostino)