Brother Juan Pablo is originally from Cusco, Peru in the province of Canas. He joined the community in January of 2006. He started out in a Diocesan program, but felt very strongly that he wanted to be in a familial community life. He was introduced to Padre Martín at a Mass in Huachipa, which he attended specifically for an introduction. From the time he met Padre Martín it took 10 months to arrange the paperwork for the transfer. He then spent six months as an Aspirant, one year as a Postulant, and two years as a Novice before entering the seminary. He is in his sixth year in the seminary, which is the third year of Theology studies. He will be ordained as a Deacon once the fourth year of Theology is completed.
He felt the calling to be a priest at the age of 14, and his charism is his ability to relate to children and young people. He says he feels very happy in his vocation and with the community. When choosing his religious name, he went on a retreat to discern between three choices he was having trouble narrowing. When he returned, still not fully decided, they all asked him which he had chosen but he didn't want to say anything. Padre Martín then blurted out, "Did you choose Juan Pablo?!" He took that as confirmation and so became Brother Juan Pablo.
Brother Juan Francisco is from the Macate district in the Ancan Province of Peru. It is about 12 hours to the north of Lima by auto. He first heard his calling to the priesthood when he was 13 years old. Although many people in his life discouraged him from pursuing a religious life, he became close with a Diocesan priest that not only encouraged his vocation but also became a central father figure in his life.
He began his Aspirancy in the community in March of 2004 at the age of 23. He has completed all his major classes, but he is required to complete some complimentary courses before his Diaconate ordination can occur. He chose his name through two very different motivations. When on his retreat to choose his name he would wander the halls and developed a devotion to a bust of St. Francis of Assisi. Also, because he is from a remote village he did not see a TV until he was 12 years old. When his pastor got a TV, the first thing they watched was a movie about St. Francis. As for Juan, he had a curiosity about the Apostle John because he was always so close to Jesus. Additionally, there is a part of the gospel where John shows a bit of impulsiveness and a radical nature (which was good), but with the help of God he was able to change that aspect about himself. This greatly appealed to Brother Juan Francisco.
Brother Jesús was born in Lima but lived his life in Huancayo which is about six hours from Lima. He felt his calling to the priesthood at age five while watching the Our Lord of the Miracles procession (a huge event in Peru). When the camera focused on Jesus up close, he saw Jesus' eyes open and stare at him. Since then he knew he would be a priest. He originally tried to enter a charismatic community but was told they were not taking more Aspirants that year. In early 2004 his mother brought him to Lima. He was talking to a religious singer one day, and she suddenly started asking him if he had a vocation. Still upset by the rejection, he told her he didn't want to talk about vocations. She told him about Padre Martín Scott and how he had recently returned to Peru and started a community. Without being asked, she then called up Padre Martín and said, "I have a young man here with a vocation."
The next thing he knew he was talking to Padre Martín on the phone and was asked to come over. He declined, but the singer then said she was going and he could ride with her. Then she just dropped him off and left! Because he had seen Padre Martín giving talks at a conference, he says he felt like he was with a movie star. He was still not interested. But then he saw Padre Martín look up toward heaven for a moment, after which he said, "Jesus told me this: My son, don't be afraid because I choose the weakest." Right after Padre Martín said that he felt in his heart that he would join the community. He arrived in the community in late March of 2004.
As he was leaving for the community, his mother handed him a booklet she had found in their house on St. Domingo Savio, thinking it must be his. He said he had no book like that, but his mother insisted. He read the booklet and enjoyed it very much. When Padre Martín told him he had to take a religious name, he took that as a sign. He then read a more complete biography and on retreat confirmed his choice of the name Domingo. Later he was inspired to change his name to Jesús Domingo and now goes by Jesús.
Deacon Jesús has completed his main seminary studies, and is awaiting his ordination.
Madre Teresa is from Trujillo, Peru and is the Founder and Mother Superior of the newly formed Missionary Sisters of God's Mercy. This is the female order attached to Padre Martin Scott's Order, Siervos de la Divina Misericordia. Madre Teresa was living the consecrated life for 30 years before gaining Vatican approval to found the new Order. She felt something stirring at the age of 13, but confirmed her calling to religious life at 16. Her family did not (and still does not) approve. She took her first vows in December of 1983 to join Canonesas de la Cruz in Lima and rotated to several houses of the Order, ending her time with the Order in Huaraz, Peru.
From 1992 she developed a great devotion to Divine Mercy. She spent about seven years discerning the calling she felt to found a new order centered on Divine Mercy. She was very nervous about it, but she knew it was the will of God and it would be okay. After conversations with a Franciscan Capuchin priest and another Mother Superior, she was introduced to Padre Martín. Her order did not want to let her go, but she recieved approval from the Vatican to be released to found the new order, Hermanas Misioneras de la Misericordia de Dios, or Missionary Sisters of God's Mercy. She also took on her new name, Madre Teresa de la Misericordia de Dios.
Brother Benito is from the Piura province in Peru, which is about 18 hours to the north of Lima by auto. He felt his calling to the priesthood at age 17, but he says for years before that it was a curiosity then it became a decision. He found out about Padre Martín's community when a friend attended a retreat run by Padre Martín in Piura. He had his friend make the connection and send his information to Padre. Br. Benito entered the community in February of 2004.
He chose Benito as his religious name because St. Benedict was contemplative and he felt he wanted to be more contemplative. He had also considered St. Martín de Porres or St. Augustine, but the name Benito become stronger in his heart as he was discerning his choice. He laughs about it now because he actually prefers to be more active rather than contemplative. He has a strong desire for missionary work in many countries. He wants to see the world as he does God's work.
He completed his main studies in the seminary and was ordained a Deacon in 2016. He is now awaiting his ordination into the priesthood.
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