September-06-2017 06:52 PM
BR. RAMON CELEBRATES 70 YEARS OF RELIGIOUS PROFESSION
Br. Ramon Bereicua celebrated 70 years of religious profession on September 4, 2017 in a simple Liturgy at the Marist Brothers community in Kobe, Japan.
It was a private and quiet affair with just 10 people in attendance: the 4 members of Kobe community (Ramon, Jeff Rhey Antiquisa, John Oh and Joseph Yoshida), the Provincial (Robert Teoh), the Sector Coordinator of Korea-Japan (Domingo Lee), Lindley Sionosa, Nelson Beltran, Ms. Elma Rafil and Fr. Noel Sin who presided the Eucharist.
After the Mass, the brothers and Ms. Elma gathered at the community dining hall for a simple dinner. The occasion was made more meaningful by the stories shared by Br. Ramon who has 58 years of being a missionary in Japan behind him.
Br. Ramon hails from Basque Country. He entered the Bairo Novitiate in 1946 and made his first profession in 1947. In 1951, at the age of 19, Br. Ramon was sent to Sri Lanka where he worked for 8 years. It was also in Sri Lanka where he professed his final vows in 1952. He left Sri Lanka in 1959 and went to Japan where he remained up to this day.
It was a timely celebration as well; for Robert, Lindley, Domingo, Nelson and Ms. Elma were on their way to Medellin, Colombia to participate in the 22nd General Chapter.
[PHOTO. Front: Elma, Ramon, John. Back: Noel, Domingo, Robert, Joseph, Lindley, Jeff. (Photo taken by Nelson)]