After only 20 years as a foundation of the Province of Canada, vocations in Burkina Faso continue to grow.

On Sept. 1, in Our Lady of Fatima Church in Dassasgho, the Viatorian Community celebrated three more perpetual professions and a first temporary engagement for three years. They included: François Zoma, Hermann Palé, Michel-Pio Da, Pierre Claver Poda.

Msgr. Léopold Ouédraogo, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Ouagadougou, presided.

These new Viatorians join the community in Burkina Faso which has 28 religious — 26 of whom are Burkinabe — and all after the Viatorians arrived in Burkina Faso only 20 years ago.

Fr. Jean-Marc Provost, CSV

During the ceremony, the community also celebrated the 50th anniversary of priesthood of Fr. Jean-Marc Provost. The celebration of these new professions, along with the 50th jubilee, was filled with joy, and  lasted about three hours.

Afterwards, family and friends met with the community in the Kyoto auditorium of the Saint Viator High School for a meal and fellowship.

The ceremony confirmed, that in this West African country, more than 180 years after Fr. Louis Querbes formed the Clerics of St. Viator, his charism continues to draw new members.

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