“We feel that there are no words that can exactly express what we are feeling – the joy and gratitude, the enthusiasm and eagerness that fill our hearts… all because we are experiencing concretely how it is to be chosen by God and to be called His Beloved not only through the gift of our vocation but also through your very persons."
Allow us to say our heartfelt thanks to the most significant figures or persons in our lives:
1. To God, especially to Jesus in Nazaret who called us and allowed us to discover the purpose of our life. Thank you for making us realize that we are good and do good not because of ourselves but because You have loved us. Living our life grounded on Your love makes all things in life beautiful.
2. To our founders: Fr. Francisco Butinya and St. Bonifacia, the seed that was sown and died .. and bears fruits … thank you for your fidelity, dedication and prophetic vision for through the Congregation you established, the Gospel page of Nazareth is being recreated in our present time. It is this family who welcomed, accompanied and supported us to listen and respond to the gift of vocation. Thank you to all our sisters especially our formators and communities-taller of the different stages. Your patience, support, care and witnessing encouraged us to be where we are now.
3. Finally, to our families especially to our parents and siblings, “the seed-bed of our vocation”.
The celebration was held at the Capilla de la Sagrada Familia, SSJ Provincial House on October 23, 2017 10:00 am. This was presided by Fr. Nonong Pili with Fr. Sebastian, CMF as concelebrant. Families from Palawan, Iloilo, Cebu and VietNam came to be one with the SSJ sisters, LJ and friends in this momentous event. The co-workers of Talleres de Nazaret Quezon City and Mandaluyong were also there.
During the shared lunch, the novices presented a short skit greeting the newly professed and the renewalist and dancing to the song that speaks of the passion to be sent to mission – their readiness and eagerness to be sent. The co-workers of the Talleres de Nazaret Mandaluyong followed with an intermission-like number depicting the life/essence of the Taller. It was a simple, festive bonding of the family that one can feel the magnificence of community life … NAZARETH today.