On Saturday, 19th May the very first group of East Timorese aspirants, Santiago Quintão, Marcos Pereira, Mariano Lobato, Andre Pinto and Floriano Marques (pictured L-R) began their Marist pre-novitiate formation in Baucau, Timor-Leste. They have had to wait over two months for the house that is being rented to house the formation community to be made ready for occupation. They have all begun their formation journey with great enthusiasm, energy and resolve. Some of these young men will become the foundation stones of a new and unique expression of Marist brotherhood, building on the Marist Brothers who have gone before them, contributing to the further development of the Marist mission in Timor-Leste. We are grateful for the support of the prayers of the Brothers, Lay Marists and friends in Australia. Be assured we also are praying in solidarity with and for you.