Solemn Profession and Priestly Ordination

Philippines, October 26, 2023: On this day, the memorial of Blessed Bonaventure of Potenza, the secondary Patron of the Custody, we celebrated the Solemn Profession of Fra Raphael M. Ysulan, OFMConv., and the priestly ordination of Fra Paulus M. Sabater, OFMConv.

Solemn Profession of Fra Raphael M. Ysulan

Fra Raphael M. Ysulan, OFMConv. professed his solemn vows at 9:30 AM, through the hands of Fra Emmanuel Giva, OFMConv., the Provincial Custos, accepting his vows. Born on 2nd December 1995, in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat, Kenneth Rey Ysulan began his Franciscan journey on June 13, 2013, entering the Postulancy, followed by the Novitiate on September 08, 2015. Taking the name Fra Raphael, he made his first profession on September 08, 2016.

Having completed Philosophical studies at Rogationist Seminary College in May 2021, Fra Raphael is currently in his first year of Theological studies at Don Bosco School of Theology.

Priestly Ordination of Fra Paulus M. Sabater

At 4:00 PM, Fra Paulus M. Sabater, OFMConv., was ordained to the priesthood. Born Anthony Paul Sabater in Taguig, Metro Manila, on September 01, 1982, he entered the postulancy on June 12, 2014, followed by the Novitiate on September 08, 2015, and his first profession on September 08, 2016.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from St. Alexis Center of Studies in March 2012, he took the name Fra Paulus and underwent Diaconal ordination on October 26, 2022, marking his Solemn Profession. Completing his Theological Studies at Don Bosco School of Theology in April 2022, he was ordained at St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe Parish by Bishop Roberto O. Gaa, D.D., bishop of Novaliches.

Photos by: Parokya Kolbe, Peaches Pacuan MI, and Celia Cureg MI

Fra Daniel Sugatan, OFMConv.
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