“We should be smiling everyday, SMILE stands for;
-From the Homily of His Excellency Alberto Uy, D.D
April 24, 2019, was the most awaited event in the life of the 8 AR sisters who celebrated their silver and golden religious profession. The AR sisters who celebrated their silver jubilee in the religious profession were; Sr. Marieta Angelica Gunayan from Mabolo, Cebu City, Sr. Herminilda Ceniza from Pinamungahan, Cebu and Sr. Rona Alaza from Banga, South Cotabato. The AR who celebrated their golden jubilee in the religious profession was; Sr. Teresita Aurigue, AR from Malabon, Metro Manila, Sr. Angelica Fuentes, AR from Clarin, Misamis Occidental, Sr. Marcelina Diaz from Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Gerarda De la Riarte from Lugait, Misamis Oriental and Sr. Anastacia Fangon from Agoo, Launion. The said celebration was held in San Sebastian Basilica, Quiapo, Manila and was presided by His Excellency, Most Reverend Alberto S. Uy, DD, Bishop of Tagbilaran.
These sisters expressed their gratitude to God for His faithfulness to them together with Mother. Lucena Antipala, AR the Superior and the General Council, AR Sisters, families, friends, and visitors. a\Anyone who witnessed them can say that the Lord blessed them, keep them, and make His face shine on them and gracious with them. During His homily, Bishop Uy said that like the two disciples journeying to Emmaus who failed to recognize God in their midst because of disappointments and regrets.
We too are sometimes got blinded and drowned in the streams of the past, our regrets and disappointments, pains and failed expectations and we failed to recognize God and His will. According to the good bishop, we can only recognize God in the breaking of the bread, in the Eucharist, for sure the jubilarians are able to recognize God because of the Holy Eucharist which nourished and strengthened them and become the pattern of their way of life, the pattern which follows the actions, obtaining, blessing and giving also such a pattern which challenge us to love our neighbors even if it hurts. With Him, we can be able to “SMILE— see merits of life everyday”.
Before the solemn mass celebration was ended Sr. Angelica Gunayan, AR delivered her words of gratitude. She said that the celebration was indeed the amazing act of God. The road that they journey was not easy and full of sorrows but God walked with them and not only walked with them but carried them. She also thanked those people who journeyed with them and continuously journeying with them in religious life.
Seeing the jubilarians that day wearing silver and a golden crown on their heads is like women in prayer with Psalm 146:6-8,
“Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts, And I will tell of Your greatness. They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness And will shout joyfully of Your righteousness. The LORD is gracious and merciful.”
CONGRATULATIONS OUR DEAR SILVER AND GOLDEN JUBILARIANS!
AR Jubilee Celebration 2019 Video Cover