On October 27th, Brother Maximilian of the Immaculate made his first profession of religious vows of obedience, poverty, and chastity along with the promise to be a martyr if the Lord should ask it of him.
Entering into first profession, he also received the full habit of the community.
He was accompanied by his parents Alison and Brad, his grandmother, Mia, and grandfather , Oran, and his brothers; Eric and Jonny and his good friend Gabe from Ghana, Africa.
Two priests from their home town also came; Fr. Ken and Fr. Kevin.
While they were in Puerto Maldonado, they also accompanied Br. Maximilian with Fr. Lucas to the town of Alegría where the kids were waiting with open arms (and stomachs).
On Monday the 29th they all went to Lake Valencia on a cruise ship with the best of accomidations.
Here we find the seasoned fisherman Br. Maximilian with his brother Erik looking for a strike.
Here below we see Br. Maximilian´s good friend, Gabe, holding up a freshly caught Pirahna, yes, you got it right, Pirahna fish.
And yes, my good friends, we did eat the pirahna fishes that we caught. There was not much meat but it was absolutely delicious.
Sister Elizabeth was received into the novitiate during the same Mass.
She gave her mother the crucifix she had been wearing for the six months of novitiate representing their unity in the sufferings and joys of Jesus Christ. She received the veil and habit of a novice. She was accompanied by her father, Florentino and her mother, Lucila and various friends from town including the dominican sisters and Fr. Verner from the dominican priests.
It is wonderful to now have two novices who can share the experience together. They make quit a pair.