Holy Family Province Celebrating the 113th Death Anniversary of St. Bonifacia...


... in Luzon Cluster, Philippines





MARIA WITH HER SISTER SHEILA, FATHER AND MOTHER

My heart is filled with so much gladness because on this same day, on the 113th death anniversary of St. Bonifacia, I made my definitive and forever “yes” to follow Jesus, the worker in Nazareth, as a Sierva de San Jose. As we commemorated her death, we celebrated her life -the gift she offered to the whole world, born of her faith in God and her conviction and fidelity to the charism she received from the Spirit. My being able to make my perpetual vows on this same day, carried with it the many graces as well as the many invitations that her life and her fidelity to Jesus in Nazareth proclaim.

At 7:45 AM at the Holy Family School, Famillian Court, the Eucharistic celebration began with Fr. Victor Sadaya, CMF as the priest presider.  As I walked down the aisle accompanied by my parents, Wilma  Kepa, SSJ preceding  me, I felt God’s  assuring  love calling us again by name,  making our hearts ready and open  to offer ourselves entirely to God.  The warm atmosphere of this festive day, lavished lovingly by the joyful presence of all who witnessed this event:  my family, my sisters in the Congregation, Lay Josephines, former students, the Holy Family School students, Faculty and Staff, and all those who are one with us on this special day even from a distance, all spoke to me of God’s loving guidance, empowering love and fidelity.   



In the homily, Fr. Vic highlighted the three criteria of knowing that we have found our one true value in life: first, when we have chosen it from among the many choices we had; second, when we publicly proclaim and celebrate it as our one true treasure; and third, when we decide to act on it daily, making that value alive and seen in our being.  It is from here that he further explained the value of finding one’s vocation, responding to it, living and celebrating it.  And so as I celebrate this day with Wilma, we joyfully proclaimed together where our true treasure lies… As I made my lifetime commitment to follow Jesus in Nazareth as a Sierva de San Jose, I begged for God’s grace to be with us always sealed by the prayers of all the people God gave me to journey with. 
 
SRS. WILMA KEPA, SSJ AND MA. BERNADETTE REYNA, SSJ

As Victoria Terrenate, SSJ representative of Marcelina Sta Cruz,SSJ, our Provincial Coordinator and in the presence of our sisters in community received our profession of vows, Wilma for one year and I for the rest of my life, we allowed the grace of God to fill us anew on this solemn moment.  It was a moment for the whole Christian community present there to re-enkindle in their hearts the gift of vocation, a call for each one to celebrate and discover his/her own God-given vocation. My prayer remains that in every heart’s search for its deepest treasure, it may discover what I myself discovered and what the life of St. Bonifacia taught me in my most intimate moment with God: that to be taken finally by Love is to believe in its power beyond us, and thereby to allow ourselves to be led into Love’s way- believing and hoping, courageously embracing the true freedom that is found only in God… It is my silent prayer that every heart may find this Love who is God.
 
MA. BERNADETTE REPLIES: "YES, I AM!"

SR. MA. BERNADETTE REYNA, SSJ PROFESSES HER COMMITMENT
TO JESUS THE WORKER FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE


SR. VICTORIA TERRENATE, SSJ ACCEPTS SR. MA.BERNADETTE DEFINITIVELY AS A PERPETUAL MEMBER OF THE SSJS

SR. WILMA KEPA, SSJ RENEWS HER VOWS FOR ONE YEAR

SRS. WILMA AND MA. BERNADETTE SNGING THEIR SONG OF JOY


FR. VICTOR SADAYA, CMF, MASS PRESIDER

SISTERS ASSISTING AS EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS

THE ASSEMBLY SINGING TOGETHER THE LORD'S PRAYER


SR. MARIA BERNADETTE GIVING HER THANKSGIVING MESSAGE
I am also grateful that on this same celebration, I share the joy and fire for the mission of the 82 volunteers of St. Bonifacia Mission Organization, the Holy Family School students from different levels committed to make alive the life and mission of St. Bonifacia, as they present themselves to be blessed by Fr. Vic before the Final Song. Their passion to share the Nazareth values through the different projects is a source of joy and hope for all of us. They are a true sign of the seed of the kingdom that God had planted in the heart of St. Bonifacia and is now coming alive in the hearts of these young women and yes, now bearing much fruit.


THE 82 VOLUNTEERS OF ST. BONIFACIA MISSION ORGANIZATION

FORMER STUDENTS OF SR. MA. BERNADETTE
After the Eucharistic celebration, we enjoyed the company of one another in a simple salu-salo merienda at the Provincial House. Truly, this day is filled with God’s loving grace and fidelity. A reason for every heart to celebrate!
 
MA. BERNADETTE WITH HER FAMILY MEMBERS AND C-T MEMBERS




To Bonifacia, a woman totally-given to God I offered this poem with a prayer in my heart that she may continue to guide me  as she always had, to be true and faithful Sierva de San Jose for the rest of my life…


“From the depths of her being she felt the call to be a humble worker
after the style of Jesus in Nazareth…
reclaiming every place and time- Nazareth
the place of God, the place of Love.

In the ambit of work and ordinary life,
of tiredness and human strife…silent grace calls
transforming every circumstance to Life.

From her shop, she looked into the needs of the working world
wounded by injustice and human blindness…
Her heart bled with the plight of poor women workers
and young women at risk
yet, impelled by the Spirit, she offered the way of the Kingdom
the way of humility, of service and of love.

In solidarity with the poor workers
she proclaimed the sanctifying value of work
offering a liberation that comes from God-within
and from there, converting the ordinary into sacred encounters…
encounters that breathe forth the empowering, life-giving face of God.

Silence filled her heart,
a kind that is pregnant of hope amidst contradictions,
born of love and understanding beyond the now.
Her Faith unrelenting, her words, her life bearing clear:
her Call, her Mission, the God she followed.”

TO ALL OF YOU MY DEAREST SISTERS-SIERVAS DE SAN JOSE, HIJAS DE SAN JOSE AND LAY JOSEPHINES: THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Ma. Bernadette Reyna, SSJ





4 comentarios:

  1. María Pía- Perú15 de agosto de 2018, 16:29

    Congratulations to your perpetual consecration, Maria Bernardette, because you are responding with your SI generously to the faithful love of God who called you to follow Jesus in his option for the Kingdom. Congratulations also to Wilma for her renewal of the IS. A big hug for both.

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  2. Comunidad San José- Salamanca20 de agosto de 2018, 12:07

    Cómo hemos disfrutado leyendo y viendo las fotografías de tus votos perpetuos. Una fiesta y una experiencia de Sierva de San José preciosa. Enhorabuena grande y que la alegría de ese día te acompañe. Un abrazo grande, Comunidad San José de Salamanca

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  3. María del Pilar Meneses Ssj23 de agosto de 2018, 21:10

    Que Santa Bonifacia sea luz y guía en tu caminar de hermana y tu testimonio de vida. Un abrazo y mi oración
    Felicidades hermana!!!!

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  4. Magda Albertos ssj26 de agosto de 2018, 16:14

    Hemos estado unidas, dando gracias a Dios y celebrando con ustedes todos estos SI de SSJ. Que el Señor siga impulsando su vida y su respuesta en el Hoy. Un abrazo en nombre propio y de toda la Provincia

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