Seven Men Accepted for 2010 Glenmary Formation Class

Posted: 7/18/2010

As the new school year begins, Glenmary has a total of 17 students in all stages of formation, including seven new students.

"This is an exciting time for Glenmary," says Brother David Henley, director of Glenmary's vocation department. "These students will eventually minister in the mission areas we currently serve and will help us establish new missions in the future."

Brother David noted this is the first time since 1987 that Glenmary has had this many students in formation and the first time since 1993 that five students have been under Oath.

The new students come from Africa, Mexico and the United States. According to Brother David, they are all truly motivated to be home missioners.

"I'm impressed by the quality of all the students, in particular the new students. They possess so many wonderful gifts, and I'm happy they are choosing to share those gifts with Glenmary and the home missions."

The students are as follows:
  • John Guice Jr., 42, of Katy, Texas, is pursuing missionary priesthood. He is studying at St. Meinrad School of Theology.
  • Isaac Kariuki, 37, from Thika, Kenya, is a student at St. Meinrad, studying for priesthood.
  • Godfrey Musabe, 24, of Nairobi, Kenya, is an aspirant preparing for priesthood. For this year, he is studying at Tangaza College School of Theology in Nairobi.
  • Victor Okello, 24, of Kisumu, Kenya, has been accepted as an aspirant but is waiting to receive a travel visa. He wants to pursue brotherhood.
  • Juan Pablo Santos Rodriguez, 30, of Lagos de Moreno, Mexico, has joined Glenmary to become a priest. He is entering as an aspirant and attends Divine Word College in Epworth, Iowa.
  • Ambrose Mbire Wanyonyi, 28, of Bungoma, Kenya, is an aspirant preparing for priesthood. For this year, he is studying at Tangaza College School of Theology in Nairobi.
  • Jerry Wilkerson, 21, of Jacksonville, Ark., is an aspirant pursuing priesthood. He is attending Divine Word College in Epworth, Iowa.

"I hope the large number of students in formation inspires other young men to respond to their call to serve the home missions by exploring a vocation with Glenmary," Brother David says.