When an FCJ makes her vows it is always a time of great joy and celebration and Meita’s first vows on Saturday 15th of August certainly lived up to expectations! Several months of careful planning and preparation preceded what turned out to be a weekend full of celebration. All FCJs currently living in Yogyakarta were present as well as Barbara, our Provincial and Afra who is local leader of FCJ Ende, the community to which Meita is missioned.

On Friday 14th of August in a simple ceremony Meita was formally welcomed into the Society by Barbara. This service included a dance to the hymn “Take and Receive” during which Meita expressed the depth of her self-offering through movement. The vow ceremony took place in the late afternoon of the 15th of August. It was beautiful in all respects. In addition to the FCJs, Meita’s family and friends and some of our neighbours gathered in Soropadan for the occasion. Fr Paulus Wiryono Priyotamtama, SJ, said the Mass. The choir was made up of members of our basic ecclesial community and they sang not only with joy but with love and affection. When the time of her profession came Meita made her vows in a gentle yet confident voice. The vows were received by Barbara and the witnesses were Margaret O’ Donohue and Clare Hand.

After the service we celebrated with a delicious Indonesian meal. Many of the guests enjoyed their food while sitting in the garden in the cool of the evening. The following day the FCJs came together at 8am for Meita’s missioning which was followed by breakfast. We sat together after the meal and celebrated with Meita as she read the many cards and messages of support and good wishes she had received from FCJs around the world. What a wonderful weekend…and how lovely to celebrate Meita’s commitment to serve God as an FCJ.


  1. Sr. Madeleine Gregg, fcJ Says:

    Thank you for describing the festivities, Clare. I could picture the whole thing! May God be praised for Meita’s courage and confidence as an FCJ sister!!!!!

  2. Lynne fcJ Says:

    Maryanne is renewing her vows in our community today!

  3. Claire Sykes fcJ Says:

    Thank you for sharing this with us, Clare and thank you to all who have accompanied Meita on her journey of formation. A loving, prayerfilled welcome to you, Meita!

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