Noviceship of Postulant Joan Juguilon
In the spirit of joy and thanksgiving, the sisters gathered in the chapel of the RCM Mother house in Sta. Isabel, Malolos City to witness the Noviceship of Postulant Joan Juguilon.
Postulant Joan Juguilon prepared herself for the special occasion by having a 3-day retreat in Carmelite Monastery, Guiguinto, Bulacan with Fr. FerCenon as her Retreat Master.
Gifted with a golden voice, P. Joan became a Novice on the Feast of St. Cecilia, November 22, 2014, a day so easy to remember. It has been a long time since the Institute had Novices. Hence, the special day was blessed with the presence of the following sisters: Mo. Cecil, Sr. Vernadette, Sr. Elenita, Sr. Carolina, Sr. Zenaida, Sr. Rebecca, Sr. May, Sr. Ma. Aurora (Directress of Postulants), Sr. Graciela, Sr. Maria Teresa, Sr. Teresita, Sr. Liza, Sr. Ariely, Sr. Maribeth, Sr. Imelda, Sr. Edelina and Sr. Maria (Novice Mistress) together with His Excellency Most. Rev. Cirilo R. Almario, Jr. , D.D. and his nurse, Mark, and a faithful friend of RCM sisters, Mhy-Mhy.
The Rite of Initiation to Religious life was prepared by Sr. Vernadette and Sr. Maria applying what they learned from Paul VI Institute of Liturgy in Malaybalay, Bukidnon which is a celebration outside the Mass. The simple but solemn rite started at 9:00 am and ended at 9:30 am. The sisters then prepared something to eat for snacks after the picture taking and while waiting for the parents of P. Joan Juguilon who would bring the food for lunch.
Before 11:00 a.m. the parents, friends, and relatives of now Sr. Joan Juguilon arrived with a lot of food for lunch. A sumptuous meal of Menudo, shanghai, chicken pastel and pansit with suman and puto were served and shared by the sisters and visitors. Fortunately, the parents of Postulant Niña Venancio arrived also together with Niña’s sister and joined the lunch.
It was a day of joyful gathering and loving experience of God’s providence, care and love to the Institute and the sisters. To God be the glory. Thank you, Lord.