|Sr. Alma Miranda, SSJ|
Few years ago, Holy Family Home community decided to schedule the morning of June 5 as the orientation of new residents so that there would be an opportunity for them to get to know St. Bonifacia in the afternoon and join the Evening Prayer 1 proper of her feast. June 6 would then be reserved for the main event: celebration of the Holy Eucharist in the afternoon to be followed by a free dinner. To make the feast a memorable experience, the old residents would prepare an interactive program in the evening as a form of welcome and sharing of talents of the incoming residents.
This year, the June 6 event became a red-letter day for the community most especially to Sr. Alma Miranda who joyfully celebrated the 25th anniversary of her religious profession at the chapel of Holy Family Home here in Iloilo City.
The occasion was made more meaningful and unforgettable with the arrival of her parents who are already advanced in age together with her two sisters travelling all the way from Luzon to Visayas just in time to witness this momentous event.
Fr. Domingo Alimajen, the Principal and Dean of St. Vincent Seminary who presided over the thanksgiving mass, gave a very inspiring homily about the life and mission of the Siervas de San Jose. He began by saying that by its fruits, the tree is known. In his collaboration with them in the prison ministry and sheltering of young women, he shared the three qualities of the SSJ sisters that made him admire and appreciates the charism of the Congregation as embodied by their foundress St. Bonifacia. He was touched by the hidden nature of our apostolic presences in service to the poor, adopting a simple lifestyle, and promoting the love for prayer and work.
After the holy mass, everybody gathered at the Mother Bonifacia Multipurpose Hall for the dinner and program. In its entirety, the celebration of this significant feast was marked by simplicity and familial bonding in the Nazareth spirit of love and joy.
|Sr. Alma with her parents and two sisters|
|Sr. Alma with her parents, Fr. Domingo and a friend|