Two men take Vows toward entering the Priesthood with the Society of St. Edmund, the order of priests and brothers that founded Saint Michael’s College.
Brother Lino Oropeza from Caracas, Venezuela will take his Final Vows and Br. Michael Carter (right) from South Burlington, VT will take his First Vows at the 11:15 a.m. Mass on August 15th at Saint Anne’s Shrine in Isle La Motte, Vermont. This celebration of the Mass will bring together all members of the Society of St. Edmund, including those in Vermont and those in the Edmundite southern missions in Selma, AL.
Vows are taken after Postulancy and a year and a day of Novitiate, a spiritual education leading toward becoming a member in the Society of St. Edmund, which is the order of priests and brothers who founded Saint Michael's College in 1904. Members of the Society of St. Edmund continue to direct the college’s Edmundite Campus Ministry program, teach at the college and serve on the college’s Board of Trustees.
Brother Lino Oropeza, a native of Venezuela, was baptized by Edmundite priests and grew up knowing the Edmundite missionaries in his home region. Brother Michael Carter is a 2012 graduate of Saint Michael’s College, earning his degree in Religious Studies.
Both men taking Vows spent their Novitiate studying and focusing on discernment and spiritual development in the Edmundite Formation House in South Burlington guided by the Rev. Marcel Rainville, SSE, Director of Formation.
Brother Lino is the first Edmundite priesthood candidate to come from the SSE mission in Caracas, Venezuela. He had been in a seminary in Venezuela before coming to the U.S., and “would have joined the Edmundites sooner, had the program been set up,” Father Rainville told a reporter for the Saint Michael’s College Magazine. Father Rainville previously served in the Edmundite’s Caracas mission.
As a student, Brother Michael was active with Edmundite Campus Ministry at Saint Michael's College.