The Augustinian Recollect family and friends witnessed the Profession of Vows of four young AR Sisters at Tagaste Retreat House Tagaytay City on Friday, May 31, 2019. Rev. Fr. Dionisio Selma, OAR, Prior Provincial of the Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno was the Main Celebrant with a considerable number of concelebrating priests from the OAR, SVD, SDB, La Salette and some Diocesan clergy as well.
Sr. Faith Niña Evangelista Fuertes, AR from Toledo City Cebu pronounced her Perpetual Profession of Vows. She is a true blooded AR being an ARSCian and a high school graduate of Consolatrix College of Toledo City prior to her convent life. She also completed her college course at Saint Rita College-Manila as a Junior Sister. She was assigned in some AR communities such as Saint Rita Orphanage Paranaque City, Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy Minglanilla Cebu, etc. Towards the end of the Eucharistic Celebration on May 31, it was announced that Sr. Faith Niña Evangelista Fuertes, AR will be assigned as Treasurer-Econome at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School Quezon City.
Two of the young Sisters who pronounced their First Profession of Vows came from Bicol and one from Bohol. Before starting her Aspirancy stage, Sr. Melanie Ascutia Baytan, AR was employed at an AR school in Legazpi City. She worked at the Guidance Center of Saint Raphael Academy being a graduate of Psychology and was about to finish her Master of Arts in Guidance and Counseling at a nearby University. Sr. Salve Regina Belardo Bagaporo, AR came from Buhi Camarines Sur. It was the Sisters of the same AR school in Legazpi City Albay who facilitated her entrance into the convent. She finished her College Course as an Aspirant at Saint Rita College-Manila. Sr. Leonian Remerata Lacbayo, AR who hails from Jagna Bohol was also an ARSCian being a high school graduate of an AR school, Saint Mary Academy Guindulman Bohol. She finished her College course as an Aspirant at Saint Rita College-Manila. These three AR Sisters had their 1- year Postulancy and 2-year Novitiate at Our Lady of Carmel Novitiate Tagaytay City. Through careful discernment and upon the culmination of their Novitiate stage, they were recommended for First Profession of Vows by Sr. Rhiza Eltanal, AR, the Directress of Novices. It was then approved by the Superior General and Council. These three young Sisters will be assigned at the AR Juniorate at St. Rita Orphanage Paranaque City under the guidance of Sr. Arille Pastidio, AR, the new Directress of Juniors.
As mentioned in the homily, whether first or perpetual profession, the desire to commit oneself to the Lord is forever. The earthly practice of the Evangelical Counsels of Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience is a foretaste of the heavenly reality. ‘The best is yet to come’ for religious who profess the Vows. It is a constant positive response to the God who calls in anticipation of the eschatological reality.
Congratulations our dear Sr. Faith, Sr. Melanie, Sr. Leonian and Sr. Salve Regina! You are gifts to the Augustinian Recollect Family… gifts to the Church as well! Keep on praying and serving the Lord as authentic Augustinian Recollect Sisters.