“Pag-ibig at Paghahandog” was the theme of the Eucharistic
Celebration for the First Profession of Vows of our novice Sr. Maria Niña Niño last June 24, 2021, Feast of John the
Baptist at the Good Shepherd Chapel in Quezon City.
In her introduction, Sr Lea
Comia, Novice Directress, mentioned the three things we are celebrating this
year of which we are grateful for: the quincentennial of Christianity in the Philippines,
the Year of St Joseph, and the centennial jubilee of RGS presence in Manila. It
is in the context of these celebrations that we also thank God for the blessing
of Sr Niña’s vocation and first profession.
Fr Robert Leus, CJM, mass
presider emphasized in his homily how the theme chosen by Sr. Niña summarizes the
story of her vocation which began with a profound experience of God’s love to which
she also responded with love and offering of self in service of God and His
In her message and in the missioning of Sr Niña,
Sr Susan Montano, Province Leader, reminded Niña of her important role as a
young sister and encouraged her to find her voice and unique contribution to
the life and mission of the community.
As her response Sr Niña heartily sung “Binhi ng
Pag-ibig” a composition by Mimo Perez that resonated well with her personal
journey. In her thanksgiving, Sr Niña acknowledged the love and faith of her mother who supported her vocation despite having enough reasons not to allow her so.
Gratefully, despite the pandemic, her family was able to attend and join
the celebration. The day truly gave us joy and hope amidst the continued
challenges we are facing with the rest of the world.