The First Profession ceremony of Brother Zafar Iqbal was held at La Salle High School & College Faisalabad, Pakistan on the 7th August 2019.
It was a joyous and memorable day for Br Zafar, his family and all the Brothers in the Sector to witness his first commitment to becoming a De La Salle Brother.
Fr. Bashir Francis AFSC was the celebrant of the Holy Eucharistic Celebration and Br Shahzad George Gill, Sector Coordinator, received the First Vows of Br Zafar.
Zafar is one of 20 Local Brothers from the Sector, a great milestone in itself and a proud and encouraging moment for all Brothers.
Br Qumar accompanied Br Zafar to the altar as his sponsor Brother while Br Sajid shared a wonderful reflection after the Gospel reading.
May Br Zafar always be blessed by God and persevere in his religious commitment.
WHO IS BR ZAFAR IQBAL?
Where were you born?
I was born in Khushpur in Pakistan on 27 November 1992. I have two Brothers and one Sister.
What made you want to join the De La Salle Brother?
I believed in the work of the De Salle Brothers to serve God's people through education and wanted to follow the footstep of their Founder, St John Baptist de La Salle.
What person or event was particularly important in your decision to join the Brothers?
I was inspired by the life of Br Sajid Bashir and his work at La Salle Secondary High School Khushpur. During my time as a student at La Salle Secondary High School, I gained a better understanding of prayer life, working with others, and the spirit of service. This is what motivated me to join the De La Salle Brothers.
Outline your journey as a De La Salle Brother so far?
As I continue to learn more about the devoted and consecrated life, my prayer and spiritual activities have helped me recognise my call as a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ and St John Baptist de La Salle.
My journey as a Brother so far has been a great opportunity to develop an intimate relationship with God.
Looking at the movements of the spirit, I see my image of the Lord Jesus Christ developing through my personal life while living out the three Lasallian core values of Faith Service and Community.
What are the most important lessons you have learned from your time with the Brothers?
I have learned:
God has been present in many ways during my discernment.
that the real spirituality of our Founder, St John Baptist de La Salle, was to serve the young especially the poor.
the vital Lasallian core values of Faith, Service and Community.
What do you see yourselves doing in the next five years?
I see myself doing further study to be a professional educator in order to teach the minds, to touch the hearts and transform the lives of those entrusted to me.
What is a key life question for you at present?
A key life question for my life at present is how to promote Vocation in the remote areas of the word.
What advice would you give someone thinking of becoming a brother?
To "come and see" and experience the life of a Brother.