We rejoice that in Suriname, the farthest corner of our Province, three sisters took important steps in answering their call to be missionaries in our community.
On Sunday, October 20, 2014, World Mission Sunday, Sr. Maria Boomiki foe Karmel (“Mary Flower of Carmel”) made her first profession of temporal vows during the Holy Mass presided by His Grace Bishop de Bekker at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Paramaribo, Suriname. During the same Mass, two more Surinamese vocations received the holy habit and their new religious names: Sr. Maria Mama foe Marwina (a local advocation of Mary from Suriname), and Sr. Maria Anker van het Geloof (“Mary Anchor of Faith” in Dutch).
Mother Mary of the Sacred Heart, our Provincial Superior, traveled from New York for the celebration. She joined the missionary sisters serving in our convent in Suriname as well as those from Guyana who were present for the occasion. Also IVE priests serving in Suriname and Guyana concelebrated in the Holy Mass.
Since every religious vocation is a gift from God, we can only give thanks once more for the gift of Caribbean vocations to our Religious Family. May these sisters become holy Spouses of Christ and authentic missionaries of the New Evangelization for the Third Millennium.