On Sunday 22nd January eleven young RSCJ from eight countries made their professions of perpetual vows in Rome. Another member of the group will make her profession later, in her home country - Venezuela. They all vowed obedience, poverty and chastity, and committed themselves to our service of education, and were given a cross and ring to wear as a sign of this new commitment, and their desire to live in union with God. We pray with and for them, especially the ones who spent their "international experience" in this province: Josephine and Dibya (India) and Yulitza from Venezuela, and Maria (USC) who visited this Province in 2014 and 2015.
You can view a presentation of the ceremony here...
The group began their preparation together in September, and return to their home countries a few days after the ceremony.
As per a Society tradition started by St Madeleine Sophie, each group is given a name and devise (motto) by the Superior General a few days before the profession ceremony, in a "closing conference". As far as possible both name and devise reflect the group's experience, process and insights, and give them a new call and identity - individually and together. This group's name is Drawn by the pierced Heart of Jesus to love and their devise is The Spirit continues to transform us to respond to the needs and cries of our world.
May they - and we - live this call to respond to the pain and needs of our world with love.