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Perpetual Profession


 

30 Sisters of the Ursuline Franciscan Congregation made their perpetual profession in three different places in the month of April 2021. The perpetual profession of six Sisters of North East Province namely, Sr Apoline Povel? D’Vadeo, Sr Arhoni Theresa Murry, Sr Chumchano Martha Ezung, Sr Diana Kabuini, Sr Roseline Sangtam, Sr Toli Maria Sumi was held at Holy Rosary Convent Chapel, Jeppu on 14th April 2021. Rev. Sr Juliana Pinto the Councilor General delegated by the Superior General of the Congregation  received their vows during the solemn Eucharistic Celebration concelebrated by Rev Fr Paul Melwyn D Souza OFM Cap. the Episcopal Vicar for Religious of Mangalore Diocese.

12 Sisters, Sr Dayan Rose, Sr Deena D’Souza, Sr Deshma Olivera, Sr Gresoria Sahana, Sr Latha C, Sr Lilly Supriya, Sr Neelamma, Sr Philomena Jyothi, Sr Prabha Pannakar, Sr Selina KA,  Sr Sushma Priya,  and Sr Supriya J., pronounced the perpetual vows on 19th April 2021 at Maria Niketan Convent, Bogadi Mysore during the Eucharist solemnized and concelebrated by Most Rev Dr KA William the Bishop of Mysore. Rev Sr Lily Fernandes the Provincial Superior of Mysore Province received their vows.

The Perpetual profession of 12 Sisters Sr Jovita Pinto, Sr Joyline  D Cunha, Sr Judith Saldanha, Sr Linet Danthi, Sr Renita Mathias, Sr Jacintha Fernandes, Sr Janet Machado, Sr Nisha Galbao, Sr Sendra  Gonsalves, Sr Gladys  Rodrigues, Sr Reema D Souza, Sr Kanchan Toppo was held at Vincent de Ferrer Church Valencia, Mangalore on 20th April 2021. The Solemn Eucharist was presided over by Most Rev. Dr Peter Paul Saldanha the Bishop of Mangalore and around 24 priests concelebrated. In his homily he said that the Ursuline Franciscan Congregation which was founded on Easter Sunday at Rosario Cathedral, Mangalore gives significance to this day of the perpetual profession of the Sisters as they are set to proclaim the Paschal Joy to the world. The Sisters while contemplating the crucified Lord have been called to be the hands, feet, heart and mind of the Risen Lord to bring the people to Christ, to work for the welfare of families, towards ecological welfare, and above all to be the witnesses of Christ’s compassion to the world. He invited all gathered to support the Sisters through their prayers and encouragement.

Rev Sr Susheela Sequeira the Superior General of the Congregation received the perpetual vows of the 12 Sisters in the name of the Church in the presence of  Bishop, priests, parents and relatives and the Sisters of the Congregation during the solemn Eucharistic celebration. As an external sign of their consecration and perpetual profession they were given rings which marked their total commitment to their Divine Spouse Jesus Christ. Rev Sr Susheela while felicitating the perpetually professed Sisters after the Mass thanked the parents of the Sisters for gifting their daughters to the Congregation for the mission of Christ and for their continual support and prayers in the past years. She appealed to them to continue to encourage and pray for them especially when they face the challenges of consecrated life. While congratulating the perpetually professed Sisters she appreciated their courage and willingness with which they have come forward to make their profession and assured whole hearted support for their future life.

These thirty Sisters underwent an intense preparatory period called tertainship of four months at Generalate, Somarpann under the guidance of Rev Sr Juliana Pinto the Councilor General and tertian directress. The General Council members, Provincial Superior of Mangalore Province Rev Sr Rita Vas and her Councilors, the Provincial Superior of Mysore Province Rev Sr Lily Fernandes and Asst Provincial Rev Sr Irene Leena Pais, the Provincial Superior of North Province Rev Sr Shanthi D’Souza  and Sisters of the Congregation with family members of the perpetually professed Sisters were present for the  celebration at Valencia  and prayed for the Sisters.

The celebration ended with a fellowship meal served at the Valencia Church Hall.