Perpetual Profession in Cebu City
Saturday, 10 o’clock in the morning of March 10, 2012 was the day set for the Perpetual Profession of two of our sisters, Sr. M. Geraldine Bucog and Sr. Christine Aroa at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish. Our community in Cebu, hosted the event and took care of the preparations including the accommodations of the sisters and guests.
The event was made more remarkable by the presence of Sr. M. Regina Cesarato, Superior General, Sr. M. Leticia Bantolinao, General Councillor and Sr. M. Agar Coreno, General Bursar. The Most Rev. Julito Cortes, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cebu was the presiding prelate. The Eucharistic celebration started with the sound of the gong and sacred music to set a solemn and prayerful mood. The entrance procession was led by the sisters about to profess the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience for life, bearing the lighted candles which they placed near the altar.
The Rite of Profession was highlighted by the Litany which was solemnly and prayerfully sung while the sisters lay prostrate at the foot of the altar. To receive and witness the vows were the Superior General, General Councillor and the Provincial Superior, respectively. In his homily, the bishop made a very meaningful and profound connection of the Gospel to the essence of religious life. He expressed the hope that by their consecration, Srs. M. Christine and M. Geraldine may be able to lead others who might have wandered to the far away “country of sin” (like the prodigal son in the gospel), back to the forgiving Father who readily welcomes them back to the fold.
To cap the celebration was the simple meal shared by all those present at the Divine Master convent of the PDDM community in Alo Private Road, to the delight of the parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends of the neo perpetually professed sisters and the community. In the evening meal of the same day, members of the family of the two professed sisters were present. After the meal a short program was organized by the community of sisters to welcome them and introduce them to the congregation, signifying the growth of the family. This was also the time to thank and acknowledge the participation of each member in the community.
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