In this episode of Sharing Our Marianist Stories, Guillermo Peña Contreras, nSM, (more commonly known as Memo) shares what attracted him to vowed religious life, how his experiences of aspirancy and novitiate shaped him, how his background in family law impacted his vocation and his experience of coming to the US from Mexico.

After spending time in aspirancy and the last two years at the Novitiate in Dayton, OH, Memo will profess first vows with the Society of Mary on June 8, 2024. 

Please join us in praying for Memo as he anticipates professing first vows on Saturday, June 8 at 12:00 (Noon) Central Standard Time (which is 2pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time). To join the livestream of his profession at that time, visit

See a transcript of this podcast episode here.

Recorded on 19 March 2024.  Published on 31 May 2024. Hosted and edited by Mike Bennett, Media Administrator for the North American Center for Marianist Studies (NACMS).
Music: “Travel Light” by Jason Shaw (used with permission via Creative Commons License; see more of his work at