Final Profession – Visakhapatnam
The words of St. Paul, “Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: rejoice” (Phi: 4-4) ring in the hearts of the nine sisters Sr. Shoba, Sr. Hema, Sr. Sujatha, Sr. Jeyaseeli Mary, Sr. Julie Nisha, Sr. Swathi, Sr. Martha, Sr. Lilly Rani, and Sr. Swarna Xavier on December 17th, 2019. It was a joy filled day for these sisters, who waited for this wonderful and memorable day. The presence of Sr. Breda, Superior General and Sr. Vianney and the newly missioned Provincial Sr. Rose and her team brought joy and happiness to the celebration.
The buzz of the celebration started on the previous day of the occasion. The sisters in the community were seen busy decorating and preparing for the celebration. The Church was beautifully decked with flowers and the altar was decorated with the theme, “Baptized and sent”.
The celebration of the long awaited day began with the Holy Eucharist. It was officiated by His Grace, Archbishop M. Prakash and concelebrated by many priests. The Church was packed with Sisters, relatives of the sisters, friends and well wishers.
Mass began at 10.30 a.m. while the entrance hymn is being sung, the Sisters to be Professed accompanied by Sr. Breda, Sr. Vianney, Sr. Rose, Sr. Mary John their Junior Mistress, Priests and the Archbishop proceeded in procession to the Altar. As they reached the Altar, the Traditional lamp was lit, symbolising Christ the Light of the world. Sr. Swarna Jose introduced the Sisters to be professed to the gathering. And the welcome address was given by Sr. Julie Nisha in English followed by Sr. Lilly Rani in Telugu and Sr. Gracy in Tamil.
The Archbishop M. Prakash preached an inspiring homily in his simple and yet powerful language. He particularly advised the newly professed to be faithful to the religious commitment and to the mission entrusted to them.
The Litany of the Saints was sung while the Sisters to be professed knelt before the Altar. The Vows was received by Rev. Sr. Breda, our Superior General. During the Offertory, the Sisters offered symbolic offerings, gifts and prayers to the Lord. After the Communion service Sr. Swathi thanked the Assembly. The melodious singing led by Sr. Dominic and the choir specially prepared for the event added meaning to the Eucharistic celebration.
At the end of the Eucharistic celebration the Archbishop and all the Priests joined the newly Professed Sisters for a photograph. And Sr. Breda and Sr. Vianney felicitated the newly professed and the felicitation was concluded with cake cutting. Everyone took part in the Agape thereafter. We praise and thank God for this beautiful day.