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Brother Allen Pacquing professes perpetual vows in Society of Mary

November 03, 2020 | posted by Today's Catholic newspaper

Topics: Vocations

Brother Allen Pacquing professes perpetual vows in Society of Mary

Brother Allen Agpaoa Pacquing professed perpetual vows in the Society of Mary (Marianists) on October 3, at Guadalupe Chapel on the campus of St. Mary’s University. Father Oscar Vasquez, provincial of the Marianist Province of the United States, presided at the Eucharist and received the vows. Father Tim Kenney, assistant for religious life, concelebrated and presented Brother Allen for the rite of religious profession.

Due to precautions taken in light of the coronavirus pandemic, physical attendance of the celebration was limited to 45 friends and members of the Marianist community donning masks and socially distanced. However, the vow ceremony was livestreamed so that Marianist family members and friends from throughout the world were able to virtually witness the celebration.

Brother Allen, 50, was born to a religious, Filipino-American family and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He earned a master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry from Santa Clara University in California in 2003. In 2013, Allen asked himself, “Who would have guessed that I would enter the novitiate at this stage in my life? Certainly not me, but God had other plans. I just needed to listen and to be open to His call.”

After professing his first vows in Dayton, Ohio, on May 23, 2015, Brother Allen was assigned to Chaminade University of Honolulu as the Minister for Liturgy and Worship. He then transitioned to be the coordinator of the Tutoring Center and Testing Services. In 2017, Brother Allen was promoted to director of Campus Ministry.

With Brother Allen’s expertise in student life and pastoral care, he was asked to be the chaplain for Student Development at St. Mary’s in 2019. Living at the Holy Rosary Marianist Community, Brother Allen has enjoyed learning the culture and history of San Antonio and how the Marianist influence shaped the local community. With his knowledge and willingness to serve in the Division of Student Development, he has accepted the position of the associate director of Community Engagement, Marianist Student Initiatives at St. Mary’s University.

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