In a joyful and lively celebration on Saturday, February 25, Br. Anthony Terrones Ortiz, C.S.C. made his Perpetual Profession of Religious Vows at San Francisco Chapel in San Juan de Lurigancho, Peru. Along with Br. Joaquin Parada, C.S.C., they are the two brothers that hail from the District of Chile-Peru.
The night before the Perpetual Profession, the community gathered in Br. Anthony’s home chapel of Jesús Nazareno, which is part of the Congregation’s Señor de la Esperanza Parish, for a candlelight vigil. Fr. Juan Phalen, C.S.C., who had been Br. Anthony’s Novice Master, presided while Fr. José Ahumada, C.S.C., Superior of the District of Chile-Peru, preached. Two members of the chapel gave testimonies speaking of Br. Anthony’s service there.
The following afternoon, Fr. Ahumada presided at the Mass of Perpetual Profession, while Fr. Andrew Gawrych, C.S.C., Third Assistant, preached and received Br. Anthony’s vows. Prior to joining the General Council, Fr. Andrew had served as Br. Anthony’s formator for his five years in temporary vows. For his Perpetual Profession, Br. Anthony received the St. Joseph’s Medal that had been worn by Br. John Tryon, C.S.C., who died last year and had been his Assistant Novice Master.
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The chapel was filled for the Mass. In addition to Anthony’s family, there was a large contingent of Sisters of Holy Cross and Sisters of the Holy Cross, as well as a group of religious and lay collaborators from Chile. They, along with many lay faithful, went to the adjacent school after the Mass for a festive reception that included live music.
Br. Anthony Terrones Ortiz, C.S.C., hails from the Congregation’s parish in San Juan de Lurigancho in Peru. He feels called to be a “brother, not only of Jesus, but also of my brothers and sisters in Holy Cross, but also of those whom I serve and accompany, believers and non-believers.”He discovered the brothers’ vocation in a discernment group to which Fr. Donald Fetters, C.S.C., then Director of Vocations, invited him.
Br. Anthony did his postulancy and Novitiate in Peru, and his post-Novitiate formation in Chile, where he studied graphic design. Anthony has used his design talents to help with projects throughout the Congregation, including the prayer card for the 150th Anniversary of Blessed Basile Moreau’s entry into eternal life.