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The First Profession of Br. Vito Saracino

On Wednesday, October 15th, 2014, the feast of St. Teresa of Avila, Br. Vito Saracino made his First Profession to Fr. Martin Kilmurray, Prior Provincial of the Irish Province of Carmelites. The Profession took place during a Solemn Evening Prayer in the Carmelite Community in Gort Muire Ballinteer.

In the ceremony of First Profession, the candidate takes temporary vows, normally for three years. To mark their now belonging to the Order as a professed member, they recieve the white cloak of the Order.

The ceremony was well attended by both Carmelites and Vito's friends. Vito's sister also flew from Bari to be with him for the occassion.

Having joined the Order in September 2013, Vito began his formal Carmelite journey, by making his novitiate in the international novitiate in Salamanca, Spain. Having completed his novitiate, Vito has returned to Ireland and is now a member of the Gort Muire community.

It is always a great cause of joy for the Order to have a new member and to see them progress through different stages of formation, and to make a commitment to our way of life. We wish Vito all the best in the next stage of his journey. We ask you to keep him in your prayers.

The following is a short article written by Vito about his own vocation story:

My name is Vito Saracino. I was born in 1976 in Bari, Italy. I moved to London in 1997, then to Belfast in 2003, and finally to Dublin in 2005. From 2005 to the beginning of 2013, I worked in call centres in Dublin as a customer service adviser.

Like many people, I was baptised into the Catholic Church in Italy and made my First Communion, but as I grew up, I gradually fell away from the Church. My life started to change when I was 34 years old. I spent a long time reflecting and asking myself what I really wanted from life. I realised that I was searching for the “Truth.” This searching led me to explore many different spiritual avenues. However, I began to find the answers I was looking for when I found a New Testament in the street, and read the passage “I am the way, the truth and the life.” Through my own experience, I realised, as Saint Edith Stein once said, “someone searching for the Truth eventually will end up finding Jesus.”

Having returned to the Christian faith, the problem was to find the right church. Affected by all the negativity in the media towards the Catholic Church, I decided to visit some Protestant and non-denominational churches, but I still found myself searching. Eventually, I began attending a Catholic church in Dublin. I felt that I had returned home. I grew more and more attracted to the Church, especially to the Holy Eucharist and the Virgin Mary. After some time, I began to think about joining religious life and becoming a priest. I spent time trying to discern which Order would suit me best.

Eventually, looking through my religious gifts, I found a brown scapular, which a friend of mine gave to me. Reading through the leaflet that came with the scapular, I read about the history of the Carmelite Order, their devotion to the Virgin Mary, and to the spiritual father, the prophet Elijah, and I felt attracted to the Order.

After contacting the Carmelites in Ireland through the internet, I began to discern my vocation to the Order with the assistance of the Vocations Director. I received the sacrament of Confirmation in Whitefriar Street Church in Dublin, at the age of 36, and from there, I began my life in Carmel. The journey so far has been very good. Thanks to the help and support that the Carmelites have given me, I have the feeling I am in the right place at the right time.