By Fr. David Purcell, C.Ss.R.
This is a special year for our Redemptorist family in Canada. We celebrate several milestones of new members in our midst. Brother Eumir Bautista joined the Redemptorists on the 14th of August 2015. He professed his first vows to the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer in Winnipeg at St. Joseph Church.
(l.to r. in picture above) Fr. Mike Smolinsky, Fr. Larry Kondra & Fr. John Sianchuck, witnessed Brother Eumir’s vows.
Born in Libon, Albay, the Phillipines, Brother Eumir graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Manila. In 2006 he began to formally study the traditions of the Christian East in Ottawa.
Eumir stated, “I am inspired by the service of Redemptorists to the poor and to those who are most abandoned.” He, therefore, really enjoyed living at The Welcome Home in Winnipeg for two years, before recently completing his novitiate in Toronto. “We Redemptorists are deeply drawn to devotion to the Mother of God,” Eumir added about his reasons for joining the Congregation.