Nazareth Sister Makes Final Vows

Sister Christine Ramada CSFN pronounced her Final Vows during Mass on Saturday 11 February, 2012 in the Polish War Mmorial Chapel, Marayong NSW.  The principal celebrant and homilist of the Mass was Bishop William Wright of the Maitland/Newcastle Diocese.  Concelebrating with Bishop Wright were Reverend Robert Doohan and Reverend Doug Smith MSC.  The Chisholm Region Active 8 Youth group from Maitland under the direction of MS Sue O'Donohue with Sister Rita Marie Apura CSFN led the Congreation in the singing of hymns and Mass responses.

Sister Maria Fe Mata, CSFN, Provincial of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth in the Philippines, a specially invited guest, represented Sisters of the Philippines and Sister Ramada's family.

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Before Mass began, Bishop Wright blessed the profession ring that would be given to Sister Ramada after the recitation of the formula of Vows.  Ingraved on the ring is the inscription"Dilectus meus Mihi, et Ego Elli"which means "My Beloved is mine and I am His".  After her profession of Vows, sister Ramada knelt on the altar steps.  She sang "Panginoon Narito Ako-"Lord Here I am"which was composed and arranged by Himig Heswita.  The hymn was sung in Visayan, Sister Ramada's mother tongue.  Sister Ramada was assisted in the vocals by Sisters Rita Apura and Rosanne Sinclair CSFN.  The hymn was both beautiful and touching. 

When Mass ended, the invited guests continue the celebration with a scrumptious meal prepared by Sister Ludwika Pliszka CSFN and the hospitality Staff of Holy Family Services at the John Paul II Hall.

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