Mangaluru, Dec 7: The Congregation of the Apostolic Carmel held the celebration of Perpetual Profession on Saturday, December 7 at Maryhill, Mangaluru. Sixteen Sisters - Karnataka Province – Srs. Christina Delphine, Renita Baretto, Ancilla Pais and Vinitha DSouza; Southern Province - Sr. Linta Joy; Western Province – Srs. Marie Jenifa, Monica Andrade, Mariet Tirkey, and Alma Toppa; Sri Lanka Province – Srs Mary Priyavathani, Mary Christina, Maurice Mary, Maria Allen, Maristella, Mary Kosala, and Mary Queencly made their Final Profession and offered their lives forever in the service of the Lord.
Most Rev. Dr Peter Paul Saldanha, Bishop of Mangalore officiated at the Solemn Eucharist along with 13 priests.
The Bishop in his homily preached on love – both divine and human love relating it to religious life. Religious life is a spousal relationship with Christ and a call to love. Congratulating the sisters for deciding to follow Jesus through the consecrated way of life, he urged them to remain true to their calling and to make their life fruitful in the service of the people. The Bishop also congratulated the parents and family members of the finally professed sisters for offering their daughters to the service of the Lord through the Apostolic Carmel Congregation and to pray for vocations to priestly and religious life.
Sister Susheela, the Superior General accepted their vows in the name of the Church. The parents and relatives of the Sisters and a large number of the Apostolic Carmel Sisters participated in the solemn celebration. The Sisters were felicitated for taking a daring step of offering their entire lives in the service of the Lord.
4 sisters of East Africa Region - Srs. Franscisca Mutindi, Rose Mutheu, Melania Makena, and Irene Theresa Masinde made their final vows in East Africa, Kenya on November 15th and Six sisters of Eastern Province - Srs. Jacinta Hembram, Junita Marngar, Lilmoni Lucy Besra, Mary Stella Mawa, Mary Orida and Salinda Sangriang will make their final profession on December 14th at Kolkatta.