Mass-SSVM-Monastery-New-Year-2016On January 1, 2016 the whole Church celebrated the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God as the world rang in the New Year.  Many members of our Province had the great joy of gathering at the historic Precious Blood Monastery in Brooklyn where our contemplative sisters of the Monastery of St. Edith Stein were blessed with a double gift of monastic vocations this year. (Note: we entered 2016 during the short overlap between the Year of Consecrated Life and the Year of Mercy!)

Precious Blood Novices, Lay Sisters and Professed in Brooklyn at the Manager, 1942

Precious Blood Novices, Lay Sisters and Professed in Brooklyn at the Manager, 1942

Novices on pilgrimage, apostolic sisters, and sisters from the Juniorate House of Studies gathered for the Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Pablo Bonello, IVE and concelebrated by Fr. Javier Correo Llano, IVE.

Servants of the Lord Novices and Professed Sisters in Brooklyn at the Manager, 2016

Servants of the Lord Novices and Professed Sisters in Brooklyn at the Manager, 2016

In the offertory of the Holy Mass, we are called to bring forth not only gifts to the Lord, but ourselves as well.  This year, we were able to witness a family give their daughter and their sister to the Lord fulfilling both the liturgical action of the offertory, as well as biblical image of the Magi who brought their gifts to the Child Jesus.

Sr. Marie Fleur du Carmel with her family, including Sr. Marie Notre Dame de Bon Secours

Sr. Marie Fleur du Carmel with her family before the Mass, including Sr. Marie Notre Dame de Bon Secours, her sister “by blood and by religion”

Sr. Marie de la Trinité Siopongco, SSVM was received definitively into the contemplative branch of our Religious Family following her four year probation period living under the Monastic Rule.

Sr. Trinite (front row, center)

Sr. Trinite (front row, center)

On this day also, Sr. Marie Fleur du Carmel Casadaban, SSVM entered the cloister in response to her call to the contemplative life.

The vocation of the contemplative is a call to live a hidden life of prayer, silence, and penance at the foot of the Cross.  This mysterious call brings with it an unmistakable joy and bears a spiritual fruitfulness for the good of the whole world.

We rejoiced to spend time with our contemplative sisters for this great occasion for Sr. Trinité and Sr. Fleur.  It is a special grace to know that they are praying for all of us.  The contemplatives are happy to receive your intentions as well, by e-mail or through the “Pray for Me” initiative of the Diocese of Brooklyn.

Happy New Year to all!  May we all join in our part of prayer for this Year of Mercy and for peace in our world.

Christmas Season in the Cloister