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On September 29 Juan José Aguilar Díez and José María Segura Salvador have taken Final Vows at the Comunidad San Ignacio in Valencia.

The joy for the Last Vows of our companions Juan José Aguilar Díez SJ (Juanjo) and José María Segura Salvador SJ (Chema) lasted the whole weekend in the PAL of Valencia-Gandía. On Friday afternoon we held a preparatory prayer vigil at the Arrupe Center. And at 12 o'clock in the morning of the following day the ceremony began in the same church, presided by the delegate of the PAL, Ignacio Dinnbier SJ and concelebrated by Juanjo and Chema, the superiors of the PAL and the Jesuits of the community of San Ignacio, as well as other Jesuits who came to share this emotional day.

At the beginning of the Eucharist, Juanjo Aguilar pronounced a thanksgiving for all those family members, friends and Jesuit companions who, mostly from Valencia itself - where Chema is from - and from Valladolid - where Juanjo comes from - had come to accompany them. And he asked them to pray for both of them.

The Gospel (John 21:7) to which the invitation card to the vows referred ("and he threw himself into the water") marked the celebration. Jesus appears to the disciples after the Resurrection by the lake of Tiberias and Peter, upon recognizing him, throws himself into the water to quickly reach the shore next to him. "Diving into the water" is the last and definitive dive of our companions in their long formation in the Society of Jesus.

The mothers of Juanjo and Chema participated especially in the offertory, contributing bread and wine, and the petitions were read by the Magis groups of the Arrupe Center, people from the San José and CLC schools. At the end, Chema had other words of thanksgiving.

Then we were able to enjoy an aperitif in the gardens of the Centro Arrupe. On Sunday morning we continued celebrating a meal shared between the Jesuits of the community and the families of our two companions.

 

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