Former gang member-turned-brother makes final vows

Posted by Siobhan O'Neill Meluso
Thursday 07, January 2016 | Category:   Consecrated Life,Clergy,Vocation and Discernment
 Brother Cesar FSP pictured making vows in LA 2015
Cardinal Roger M. Mahony of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles celebrated the Mass of perpetual profession of vows for former gang member Brother Cesar John Paul Galan, FSP, on Dec. 11, 2015.

In December, former gang member Brother Cesar John Paul Galan made his perpetual profession of vows as a member of the Friars of the Sick Poor of Los Angeles at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, California, surrounded by his proud family and friends, according to the Tidings. St. Francis Medical Center is also where, in 2001, his brother Hector died from gun violence and Galan himself was left a paraplegic. 

Because of this tragedy, Galan experienced an 'aha' moment of realizing what God intended for him: consecrated life. A few months later during a journey to Lourdes, France, he asked people there, “Am I ever going to get out of this wheelchair? Am I going to go back home walking?” He started praying for that miracle to happen but received an unexpected blessing instead: forgiveness of the person who killed his brother and hurt him, and he left the gang life of his adolescence behind.

Brother Galan will continue studying to become a priest at St. John's Seminary and preparing to serve in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Reprinted with permission from ©TrueQuest Communications.




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