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Prayers for Eternal Peace of + Sr. Celeste Engutan

Submitted by: regina
On: 26/01/2014

The ashes of +Sr. Celeste of Mary, Mother of God Engutan, a Contemplative of the Good Shepherd, who passed away on January 25, 2014, at the age of 55, were inurned at the Good Shepherd Columbary in Quezon City.

Sr. Celeste who was a member of the Province Leadership Team's contemplative council and a member of the Preparatory Committee of the 2014 Province Chapter, succumbed to cancer of the colon.

Vocation Story of Sr. Celeste CGS

Photo Gallery

Tribute to Sr. Celeste -
By Sr. Ronafel de Leon

Homily of Fr. Ron Bagley CJM

Born on July 26, 1958 in Cebu City , Sr. Celeste, was baptized Anna Celeste Aida Ocaba Engutan. She was the eldest of six children of Pedro Engutan and Anastacia Ocaba.

She studied in elementary  at the Collegio de Sto. Nino and Labangon Elementary School,  high school at the University of San Carlos and San Jose Recoletos, and college at the University of San Carlos where she finished Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.

Called to religious life, she joined the pre-novitiate of the contemplatives in Cebu City September 14, 1985 and entered the novitiate on September 14, 1986. Two years later, on October 7, 1988, she pronounced her temporary vows as a contemplative. Her perpetul profession of vows was held on October 7, 1993.

She has been assigned in various communities of the contemplatives-- in Cebu, Tagaytay, Butuan, in the prayer apostolate of the Philippine Province, as formator and in charge of the altar bread project. Sr. Celeste also responded in 2000, with two other contemplatives -- Sr. Elizabeth Garciano and Sr. Magdalena Oliva, to refound the community of the contemplatives in Innsbruck, Austria.

She also served as member of the Preparatory Committee of the 2003 General Chapter, and again for the 2009 Congregational Chapter, with Sr. Guadalupe Bautista.

During the Mass of the Resurrection's introductory rite symbolizing light and life, Sr. Suzanne Sinense, reminded those gathered that:

"As we celebrate our Mass, we remember Jesus’ Resurrection and the fulfillment of this great promise. Sr. Celeste  who each day received the body of Christ, our food, is now embraced by God’s Light. To Sr. Celeste and to all of us gathered here, Jesus once more reminds us of the fulfillment of that promise."

The rite highlighted significance of the Paschal candle-the symbol of Christ's resurrection, the whilte cloth-- Sr. Celeste's baptism and the crucifix and a copy of her religious vows -- symbols of her life as a contemplative sister.

Sr. Ronafel del Leon, during her tribute to Sr. Celeste on January 29, said: 

Sr. Celeste, we cannot thank you enough for all that you are and what you have done for the Philippine Province and our Congregation.  You cared a lot for the needs of our communities as a local leader. As a first councilor, you had great concern for the re-structuring needed in contemplative life.   Your work with the Centennial Committee, Journey of Enrichment and lately as a Prep Com member enriched all of us.   You had journeyed with us in prayer and suffering throughout your illness. (Click here to read Full Text)

 ‘Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood will have life everlasting and I will raise you up on the Last Day.”

Presider of the Eucharistic celebration, Fr. Ron Bagley of the Congregation of Jesus, on the other hand, in his homily expounded on the Mass readings and the journey of Sr. Celeste:

Can we say today, along with Martha and Celeste: “Yes, Lord, I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world..” We too can finish well if we believe that we will meet the Lord at the finish line. I am sure that Celeste saw her Lord waiting for her at the finish line. He was cheering her on as she made the final sprint. (Click here to read Full Text)

Concelebrants of the Mass were Eudist priests, Fr. Jose Carillo, Fr. Edem Afoutou and Fr. Serge Kabamalan.

Present during the Mass of the Resurrection were apostolic and contemplative sisters, especially those from Tagaytay  Community where Sr. Celeste was a member before she moved to the Blessed Maria Droste Infirmary, friends, mission partners and her siblings, Sharlene Pedrosa, Nina Araneta and Ladonna Planteras.

JANUARY 26, 2014


 ... Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me all the days of my life and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever." Ps 23

Dear Sisters and Friends,

 Our dear Sr. Celeste of Mary Mother of God Engutan, 55, passed away at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, January 25, 2014, feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, at the Maria Droste Infirmary in Quezon City.

File Photo: Sr. Celeste during her Silver Jubilee on October 7, 2013.File Photo: Sr. Celeste during her Silver Jubilee celebration on October 7, 2013

She was a contemplative sister for 27 years. She was a member of the contemplative council of the Province Leadership Team and member of the Preparatory Committee for the 2014 Province Chapter.

Her remains will be cremated and ashes will be at the Good Shepherd Chapel, 1043 Aurora Boulevard Quezon City.

Schedule of Masses:
Saturday, January 25 - 8:15 p.m. Fr. Dan Cancino

 Sunday, January 26 -  7:00 a.m. - Fr. Hatono Budi and 8:00 p.m. - Fr. Lourdo CSC
Monday, January 27 - 6:30 a.m.  (Fr. Roque D'Acosta CSC)   and  8:00 p.m. (Fr. Hartono Budi SJ)

Tuesday, January 28-  6:30 a.m.  (Fr. Manny Flores SJ)  and  8:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass (Mass of the Resurrection)
Wednesday, January 29, 10 a.m.
Fr. Ron Bagley CJM (Presider), Fr. Jose Carillo, Sr. Edem Afoutou and Fr. Serge Kabamalan.
Inurnment follows at the Good Shepherd Columbary - 1043 Aurora Blvd. Quezon City. 

Novena for


(Anna Celeste Aida Ocaba Engutan)

July 26, 1958 – January 25, 2014


Leader:  Jesus Christ is the Lord of life, raised up by the Father. In his turn, Christ will raise us up by his power. Let us ask our Risen Lord to bring our dear Sister CELESTE to the fullness of life, the fruit of his own resurrection.


All:        Lord Jesus, light shining in the darkness, we ask You to take our sister, CELESTE, into the light of your presence. Because she lived in our frail human body, forgive and totally wipe away by your love and mercy all the sins she may have committed. Fulfill your promise of everlasting life.


            Jesus, our Shepherd God, we also pray for her family. Reward them for their generosity in giving her to the Church through our Congregation. She loved them much while she was on earth and their love inspired her to live her life as a Contemplative Sister of the Good Shepherd for 27 years. We ask you to take care of them and keep them in your love until the day You unite them all in your eternal kingdom.


            We thank you for all she was to us, -- a sister, a friend, a companion in mission. May we be faithful to our mission of Reconciliation as CELESTE was until the end. As we pray for her, we also ask her to pray for us so that we may be ONE in your Heart and together be “weavers of compassion and reconciliation in global solidarity.”


Leader:  Eternal life grant unto our sister CELESTE, Risen Lord.


All:        And let perpetual light shine upon her.


Leader:  May she rest in peace.


All:        Amen.


Leader:  May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through your mercy, O God, rest in peace.


All:        Amen.