By Sisters Jui Clara Corraya, CSC, and Gidding Simsang, CSC
Sisters Tina Moury Ritchil, Kripa Maria Baroi and Royne Josephine Costa pronounced perpetual vows – making a commitment to the Church and to the Sisters of the Holy Cross – on June 1 at Holy Rosary Church in Tejgaon, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Joy spread throughout the campus of Holy Cross Convent for the occasion of perpetual profession. A special Holy Hour was prepared by the perpetually professed, with a theme of “Let Openness and Patience Lead Us to Perseverance.”
Sisters Tina, Kripa and Royne shared stories of their life journeys within Holy Cross, and offered up the Moso bamboo plant, whose extensive root system and rapid growth symbolize the sisters’ ever-growing faith and deep calling to serve God.
After the Holy Hour, a special holud (turmeric) ceremony took place, during which blessings were given for Sisters Tina, Kripa and Royne. The sisters were also given a bouquet of flowers as a gift from the Congregation’s Leadership Team.
Archbishop of the Dhaka Diocese, Cardinal Patrick D’Rozario, CSC, presided at the profession ceremony, with the theme being “I Am the Servant of the Lord.” The church was filled with religious, family members and the people of Tejgaon Parish.
Sister M. Veronique (Wiedower), Congregation president, received Sisters Tina, Kripa and Royne’s vows in the name of the Church and the Congregation. Sisters in attendance from the Area of Asia also pronounced their commitment to share their lives with Sisters Tina, Kripa and Royne.
A festive meal was served after the Mass, where family members of Sisters Tina, Kripa and Royne also joined to increase the felicity and elation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross.
Sisters from several local communities gathered in joy with the newly perpetually professed sisters to express their greetings and wishes by performing a cultural program in the evening.
Sisters Tina, Kripa and Royne expressed their thankfulness to God for their vocation in Holy Cross, and for all the blessings they had received. The day ended with a prayerful song to our Mother Mary.
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