On September 8th, 2021, Br Giacomo Gelardi MSC made his Perpetual Profession to the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart at the Sacred Heart Church, Killinarden – a truly great occasion for the Irish Province of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, and for the Sacred Heart family all over the world.
Irish Provincial Leader, Fr Carl Tranter MSC, spoke of “great joy for the Irish Province, and indeed, for the entire congregation of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart” on the occasion of Br Giacomo’s Final Profession.
“Heartfelt congratulations to Giacomo on the occasion of his Final Profession in Killinarden on the afternoon of September 8th.
We had a really lovely celebration, warmly hosted by the parish and local community with a reception afterwards in the parish primary school.
Giacomo’s mother, Francesca, his sister, Maria and his brother Luca, had been able to travel from Italy for the celebration. Twelve MSCs also joined Giacomo for the occasion.
Thank you for your ‘yes’, Giacomo; to the call of the Lord on your heart, and to this little Society of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart and its mission. We are proud to count you as a brother among brothers and continue to hold you in our prayers for the next step of your journey.”
Fr Con O’Connell MSC, one of the Vocations Directors for the Irish Province, also writes of the “great celebration” that comes with Br Giacomo’s profession:
“It was with great joy that the Chevalier Family yesterday celebrated the final vows of Br Giacomo Gelardi MSC. He is now a full member of the Irish Province of the MSC.
Originally from Urbino in north-eastern Italy, Giacomo worked for many years in the pharmaceutical industry. It was in his mid-thirties while living and working in England that he felt called to religious life and priesthood.
Br Giacomo has completed most of his training so far at our formation house in Dundrum, except for his novitiate year, which he did in Myross Wood in Leap, West Cork. It was there that he took his first vows.
Over the last few years, Giacomo has spent a lot of time in our parish of Killinarden, West Tallaght, Dublin, so it was appropriate that it was in Sacred Heart Church, Killinarden, that he made his final profession of vows. He did this in the presence of some of his fellow MSCs, family, friends and local parish members.
After the church celebration he and all his guests were treated to a fabulous reception laid on by the parish. While numbers had to be restricted due to COVID-19, guidelines it was a great celebration.
Br Giacomo’s journey continues as he moves on to our community in Western Road, Cork. Do keep Giacomo in your prayers as he prepares for Diaconate and then Priesthood. Thank God for his generosity in devoting himself to religious life within the MSCs.”
We join Fr Carl and Fr Con in sending our heartfelt congratulations to Br Giacomo, and we wish him every blessing as he continues on the path of his missionary journey.