The month of July for the Carmelite family was truly a blessing for the Queen of Carmel Community in Lucena as well as for the Delegation of Asia and especially for our Congregation – the Carmelitas Misioneras Teresianas.
Last July 16 and 20 of this year 2021, Solemnity of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and Feast of Elijah, the community of Lucena together with Manila and Pangantucan communities rejoiced with the celebration of the Perpetual Profession of Sr. Clarynse N. Subijano and First Religious Profession of Maria Le Thi Mong Linh as they generously dedicated themselves to the Church, God and neighbors. In the hands of Sr. Chrezann M. Angulo, Provincial Delegate, they vowed to God chastity, poverty and obedience, and were welcomed to the family with joy and gratitude.
The Perpetual Profession of Sr. Clarynse was held at the parish of Our Lady of Lourdes, presided by the bishop of Lucena, His Excellency Most Rev. Mel Rey M. Uy while the First Profession of Sr. Linh was held in the chapel of the Queen of Carmel community, which was presided by Fr. Gregorio Baguio, OCD. The days were blessed with people dear to the sisters: family, friends, neighbors and benefactors as well as the staff and volunteers of the Center.
In the midst of the thriving pandemic, the celebration was made possible through the generosity and assistance of many people to make it accessible through livestreaming. Those who were not physically present were united with the sisters through their prayers and with the aforementioned social media platforms. Nevertheless, the family of Sr. Linh virtually witnessed her profession. The Congregation lauded their kindness and openness to offer their child to God in the family of Carmelitas Misioneras Teresianas.
Rejoicing for the gift of vocation, the community prepared a simple program, wherein the novices and scholars of the Center performed some dances and songs for the sisters. It was indeed a grace-filled celebration and an affirmation of God’s constant love and faithfulness to His people.
Queen of Carmel Community