Mangaluru, Jan 21: After a period of intense prayer, preparation and discernment, twelve bold and beautiful brides of Christ, seal their choice of life in their first profession by setting aside the allurements of an attractive world on Saturday January 21.
The jubilation commenced with the solemn Eucharistic celebration by Fr Daniel Veigas OP, the episcopal vicar for religious of Mangalore diocese along with the other priests at Maryhill chapel. During the Eucharistic celebration, the novices were given their religious dress. The superior general of the Apostolic Carmel Sr Maria Nirmalini AC received their vows. Fr Daniel in his homily encouraged the young sisters to remain faithful to Christ and to become the evangelizing presence in the society.
Further, the celebration continued in the auditorium with the felicitation and rejoicing. The twelve celebrities were accorded a graceful welcome by the students of Mount Carmel Central School through the graceful welcome dance. The felicitation song by the junior novices had in it melody and heartwarming lyrics which made the newly professed sisters to rejoice over their choice. Superior general Sr Maria Nimalini AC cut the cake along with the sisters. Sr Lathika AC compered the felicitation programme and as she introduced the 12 young brides to the gathering, superior general Sr Nirmalini felicitated them with a garland. In her message, Sr Nirmalini invited the newly professed sisters to recall their first call from time to time and encouraged them to live this call till the end and to share the merciful love of Jesus to the least and the lost.
The celebration magnified as the newly professed sisters partook in the fellowship meal along with their family members and sisters.