“His calling is a declaration of love. To make up your mind is to love him with all of your soul and all of your heart in such a way that this love becomes the standard and motive of all your actions.”
(Bl. John Paul II in Valencia Spain, November 8, 1982)
Being Clothed in Christ
We always give thanks to God for all our vocations, but we are especially grateful this month as we celebrate the investiture of habit for our first vocation from Suriname. Sister Maria Boomiki foe Karmel (Mary Flower of Carmel in her native language) received her new name and white veil at the National Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul in the capital city of Paramaribo. His Excellency Bishop Wihelmus de Bekker presided over the Mass, with concelebrating priests including Father Javier Correa Llano, IVE a missionary in Guyana. Our Provincial Superior, Mother Mary of the Sacred Heart Gaes, along with sisters from our missions in Suriname and Guyana were also present for this special moment for our Institute.
A Universal Celebration
A beautiful part of the celebration was the whole-hearted participation of the Catholic community in Suriname. Hundreds of the faithful came to celebrate with us at the Mass and the following reception held in the garden of the Bishop’s residence. Many people including the family and friends of the newly invested novice made great sacrifices to attend the event. The reception included a time for personal greeting to Sister Boomiki for all who wished to congratulate her.
This was the first investiture of habit to take place in Suriname for many years. A vocation is a sign of the life and maturity of a faith community and is a gift from God for the Church. The people’s joy and support of this vocation was very inspiring to witness. We pray for the country of Suriname, especially for her young people, that they may have the strength and courage to be authentic witnesses of the love of Christ in their homes and communities. We ask for your prayers for all our newly invested novices, and that we be blessed with many more vocations from our Caribbean missions in Suriname and Guyana.