Mangalore, November 21: Sr. Anitha Shaila Veigas, Sr. Priya Mariette Pinto and Sr. Sujatha D'Souza the three sisters belonging to the of the Congregation of Sisters of Charity of Mangalore Province made their perpetual profession on 21 November 2018 at the Guardian Angel Church, Angelore.
It was significant day of commemoration of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the day of foundation (21.11.1832) of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Saints Bartholomeo Capitanio and Vincenza Gerosa. On this day 21 sisters from Asia and Africa made their final commitment.
Most Rev. Dr Peter Paul Saldanha, Bishop of Mangalore officiated at the Eucharist along with Fr William Menezes the Parish Priest and other priests. Bishop preached a homily about religious life and its three fold mission: Prophetic, Priestly and Pastoral.
Sr Matilda Monteiro, the Provincial Superior accepted their vows of chastity, poverty and obedience, in the name of the Church. Each Sister was then given a Crucifix as a symbol of the permanent membership in the religious community. During the Litany of Supplication, all implored the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Saints, while asking God to pour out His mercy upon the Sisters so that they might be forever strengthened in their religious vocation. This solemn celebration was witnessed by their parents, relatives, Sisters of the province, well wishers and friends.
The three were felicitated after Mass. Sr. Matilda Monteiro in her felicitation message thanked their parents of their generosity and asked the Sisters to live up to their commitment according to the charism of the Congregation by becoming the visible sign of God's merciful love in today's world. Sr Nancy Mathias compered the programme.