May 14, 2015
Sto. Nino Chapel
Violago Homes, E. Rod. Sr. Ave.
Sr. Christine Fabul May, SFIC
Sr. Ernilyn Malihan Aquino, SFIC
"Hindi ninyo ako pinili, kayo ang pinili Ko."
San Juan 15:16
Indeed these words from our Lord came alive on May 14, 2015 when
Sister Christine May and Sister Ernilyn Aquino responded to this
call in the presence of the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters
of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Mother of God, their
Relatives and close friends.The two brides pose by the statue of St.
Michael, the Archangel inside the Sto. Nino Chapel.
The Brides were over flowing with joy! Exuberant feelings! Empowered
by God’s love, the day of waiting has come into fulfillment. This day
may have been an ordinary day for some, but for them, they
exclaimed,“This is what I wish, this is what I want, this is what I long
to do with all my heart!”
The Provincial Board and the General Board Members led the whole
Congregation for the Processional.
Sr. Christine with her Parents
Sr. Ernilyn with her Loved Ones
His Excellency Most Reverend Socrates B. Villegas
The Celebrant and Homilist
The good Bishop began his homily stating that the reason to celebrate
is God's bountiful love. He also stirred the Congregation addressing
Sr. Julie if the two young sisters were sure that they'd be able to keep
their vows of chastity, poverty and obedience. There were subdued
whispers of course from the Congregation. The point he was driving at
was the issue of fidelity in the midst of a very challenging world.
Sr. Ernilyn's reflections:
"It was a joy from within to feel God’s assurance of love.
Words cannot express how I felt. The homily of Bishop Soc
struck us all especially when he asked, "Nakatitiyak ka ba?” Indeed,
not one of us has an inkling of what will happen in the future, but
I am sure of HIS great love no matter what.
A day too, to thank God once again for being in my journey, for
everything that has been. Indeed, it is a throwback assurance of
love from the beginning and surely till the end. Again I realized
that I may be faltering someday, can be unfaithful to Him, cranky at
times, but I am assured only of one thing - that God will be there
waiting for me . I am much loved."
Sr. Christine's Reflections:
"My faith in following Christ may not have been smooth all along
my formation years what with the ups and downs, pains and sorrows,
positive and negative realities in my religious and personal life.
My experiences and events in life molded me as He wanted me to
be. I can say that at this point in time, I have learned to be attuned
to where God wants me to be, and finally I am His own now, to be
shared to others too.Time flies so fast not knowing what awaits me.
Recalling what I've been through, I made it through the rain. With
God on my side, I would feel the rain run through my body. I may
have been fragile at times but there's always strength after , to be
whole again. God gave me the courage to move on in facing the
different realities of life, as a Franciscan religious, as an SFIC,
allowing me to feel his encompassing embrace.
How sure am I that after committing myself perpetually to God, to
the Church, to the Congregation and to God’s people, that I will be
faithful? Will I obey my superiors? Won't I grumble over things that
I do not like or that are not in accordance with my own standards?
Will there be loneliness? Will I remain in God’s love? To these
queries, all I know is that nothing is certain, as what Bishop Soc in
his homily told us. But what I am sure of, is that, God loves me!
When the time comes that I may be far from Him, He will still love
me. God’s love will always remain even if at times I cannot fathom
the depth of his love and mercy. I have been tested by fire
through the years, and yet I remained to respond to His call
everyday. I know deep in my heart and mind that it is not I, but it
is God's hands holding me so tightly so as not to let go of Him.
Challenges occur every now and then but God is always with me,
nothing to be afraid of, just do it and He will do the rest! Though I
am not worthy of God’s love, God has shown His great love and to
the those whom I love. I did not choose to be a religious, to
be a humble servant of Christ but God calls and indeed He has
chosen me! How blessed I am to be one of the chosen ones ! "
The Congregation was listening attentively to the Bishop while he was
delivering his homily.
Sr. Henriette A. Sambile, SFIC
Sr. Amabelle Amihan, SFIC
The angelic voice of Sr. Amabelle has put everyone to a meditative
mood as the song, "Pag-ibig Mo Yahweh" captured the magic
spell of the moment.
Sr. Dreena Guerrero, SFIC
"Tawag at Kahilingan"
Sr. Lourdes Panganiban, SFIC read the Third Order Rule of Life for the
"Ang Pagsusuri" : The Bishop cross - examined the Brides to be sure
that they were ready to pronounce their vows for life.
A very solemn part of the Mass was the "PAGPUPUGAY
SA BANAL NA ESPIRITU AT PAGTAWAG SA MGA BANAL". Sr.
Shiela Cayomo sang beautifully and solemnly the Litany of the
Saints. Her voice must have soared to the highest heavens
inviting the Saints to intercede for us. That was a breath - taking
moment. How could the Saints ignore our prayers and with
such an awe-inspiring atmosphere?
The Brides on their knees ...
Sr. Christine solemnly pronounced her vows for life.
Sr. Ernilyn likewise expressed her vows for life with sincerity and
Sr. Julie Saguibo, the Provincial Superior joyfully accepted the vows of
As soon as the vows of the new Brides were accepted by Sr. Julie,
the two sisters were immediately endorsed to Sr. Jeanne Luyun
who will take charge of their on-going formation in Level I.
It's the Lord, the Groom who signs the covenant with Sr. Julie signing as
the witness being the incumbent Provincial Superior.
And, finally, the Most Rev. Celebrant affixed his signature as He stands
for Christ, the Groom.
THE KISS of PEACE and BEST WISHES for THE BRIDES.
The Sisters sincerely expressed their greetings and prayers!
Mother Foundress, Sr. Teresia Van Miert was invoked to bless the
Then followed the gesture of love and devotion to our Blessed
Mother. The Brides offered flowers to her.
Such occasions like this always brings forth the beautiful note of saying
THANK YOU! Sr. Christine and Sr. Ernilyn took turns on the podium to
express their gratitude to all those who have touched their lives and
who became part of their vocation.
Most Reverend Socrates Villegas and Clergy
The General Board Members : Sr. Adriana Tony and Sr. Fransiska
Nurhayati, both from Indonesia.
Members of the Board - Phil. North Province : (left to right) Sr. Teresita
Babaran, Sr. Lourdes Panganiban, Sr. Julie Saguibo, Sr. Maria Aurora
Simon and Sr. Ann Cayabyab
Members of the Board- Phil. South Province (left to right) : Sr. Editha
Radam, Sr. Evangeline Labanda, Sr. Catherine Serafica and Sr. Josefina
Former Novice Mistresses: Sr. Josefina Moran and Sr. Anna Liza Cabrera
RELATIVES AND FRIENDS
Sr. Christine at Sr. Ernilyn !