Marist Sisters get Professed
Last Tuesday, Feb 2, Sisters Stephanie Smith and Titilia Tupou, both from Fiji, were professed into the congregation of Mary (Marist Sisters) at their novitiate house in Mintal, Davao, Philippines. It was a fantastic celebration with the chapel overflowing outside – well attended by the Marist Sisters, Marist Missionary Sisters, Marist Fathers (including us of course), the Lay Marists, and some family members.
In the profession Mass, celebrated by Fr. Aliki Langi sm, Fr. Larry Sabud sm sang the chosen Gospel passage (the Annunciation) to a very rousing tune composed by himself and played on guitar. In fact, the whole ceremony was very moving and at one point there was hardly a dry eye in the chapel.
After the Mass, several thousand photos were taken(!) and a beautiful lunch provided, during which postulants from the Marist Sisters in Fiji performed traditional Fijian dances, starting the ball rolling for others to get up and srut their stuff. One older Marist Father confrere even left behind his walking stick to show his moves on the dance floor! Lots of laughter was the order of the day, which seems to be normal whenever we get together with the Sisters.
Also on this day many other Marist Sisters and Marist Missionary Sisters celebrated their anniversary of profession, adding to the festivities. Thanks to all who made this a special occasion, especially to Steph and Titi. All the best for the future girls – we hope to see you again somewhere sometime in the near future. God Bless.