Dear Friends,

With great joy I write to update you on my journey with the Brothers of St. John.

Lately, I have been reflecting on my journey so far, community life, and the role you have played in it, and this verse of scripture came to my mind: “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10.

This truth is self-evident to us all, especially Christians as we form in our diversity the body of Christ. It is especially true for me. On the one hand your support sustains me on journey, urging me to continue on and reminding me that I am never alone. And on the other hand, sharing the life of the brothers of St. John during my postulancy has allowed me to learn much from each of them and grow spiritually.

In light of this, I am leaving for the house of formation of the community of St. John in Princeville, IL. This is to start the next step of my journey: the novitiate. This is the beginning of my formation properly speaking and this step will allow me to enter more fully into the charisma of the community and learn what it means to be a brother of St. John.

To allow for a full immersion in my formation, I will not have access to my cellphone nor the internet. This is a very important element in the formation, as it provides the adequate milieu for a growth in intimacy with Christ, and a greater discernment of the will of God for me. I humbly ask you to keep me in your prayers always as I do the same for you.

By the grace of God, many brothers across the world were ordained priests and deacons this summer! At our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in East Orange, New Jersey, Br. Bruno Thomas was ordained a priest and Br. John was ordained a deacon, as well as Br. Felipe de Jesus. They were all very influential in my discernment. Br. John, during my time as aspirant and Br. Bruno Thomas and Felipe de Jesus during my postulancy in Laredo, Tx. I beg you to keep them also in your prayers as well as all the other brothers ordained priests and deacons this year.

I assure you of my constant prayers,

Jean Clumson-Eklu
Congregation of Saint John
Labouré Alum

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