David and Hugh, Provincial Minister

Friar David Collins celebrated his solemn profession as a Franciscan at Adam and Eve’s Church, Merchants Quay, Dublin on Sunday 8 September in the presence of many friars, family and friends. David is a Corkman so many people had travelled up from Cork for the celebration with some heading afterwards to Croke Park for a different gathering!

Our Provincial Minister, Hugh McKenna, received David’s vows on behalf of the Order.

He told David: ‘Our world needs to see people of joy and faith and hope and love.’

And he reminded him of the words the Pope spoke to a gathering of young religious in Rome this summer for the Year of Faith, an event David attended.

Pope Francis said: ‘In calling us God says to us: “You are important to me, I love you, I count on you.” Jesus says this to each one of us! Joy is born from here, the joy of the moment in which Jesus looked at me. ‘

‘To understand and to feel this is the secret of our joy. Don’t be afraid to show the joy of having answered the Lord’s call, of the choice to love and witness His Gospel in the service of the Church. And joy, real joy, is contagious; it infects … it makes us go forward.’

Hugh continued: ‘David, like our Father Francis before you when he discovered his Gospel calling, you too have been able to say: “This is what I want, this is what I seek, this is what I desire with all my heart.” And I pray that God’s call may always fill your heart with joy as you continue your journey of faith.’ 

David with his family

The friars gather to celebrate with David

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