OUR TRIPLE FINAL VOWS CEREMONY – THREE REASONS TO CELEBRATE!

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The weekend of 2nd and 3rd of January 2010 was a truly one historic for the FCJs as Beta, Wina and Inez made their final vows.  This is the very first time in Indonesia that we have had a triple vow ceremony of any nature, let alone a final vow ceremony.  The whole weekend was simply beautiful.

Firstly, twenty FCJs and several friends gathered in Soropadan at 5pm on Saturday 2nd of January for a Thanksgiving Prayer.  During this prayer we gave thanks for our three sisters Beta, Inez and Wina, for their lives and vocations as FCJs and for all those who have been instrumental in bringing them to the point of final vows.  The Thanksgiving Prayer was followed by a delicious meal during which we had the opportunity to spend several hours together in good companionship.  The evening gave us the opportunity to celebrate and share together.

Sunday dawned, a beautiful clear morning.  It was clear that our prayers for good weather had been answered (it is the rainy season).  The sky was bright blue and we could see Merapi the volcano standing out majestically against the horizon, it was as if even the mountain was dressed in its best attire for the occasion!

The vow ceremony took place in the chapel of the university in which several of us minister.  Precisely at 11am the choir began to sing and Beta, Inez and Wina processed in with Barbara, who would receive the vows, Afra and Irene who would witness them and Fr Andre OMI who was to celebrate the Mass.  The theme of the Mass was “With Joy I Proclaim the Lord” and from the very outset the sense of joy and thanksgiving was really tangible.  At exactly 11.55 our sisters began to pronounce their vows, one by one.  The atmosphere was deeply solemn and charged with emotion.  Many of us shed tears at this point…Tears of love, of pride, of deep joy.  As the words of the Magnificat filled the chapel the FCJs stepped forward to greet our newest finally professed sisters.  What a joyful moment!

After the Mass the congregation queued to congratulate Beta, Inez, and Wina, their families and the FCJs and then made their way into the University building where a lovely lunch was awaiting them.  Later that day the FCJs and close friends gathered once more at Soropadan to enjoy watching our three sisters open their cards and gifts.  There were greetings from FCJs and Companions in Mission from every part of the Society and also from our sisters’ families and friends.  We ended this truly wonderful day with a hymn to Our Lady.  We had much to give thanks to God for!

Thank you to each one of you who have kept Beta, Inez and Wina and the whole final vows preparation in your prayers.  We have prayed for you too!

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3 Responses to “OUR TRIPLE FINAL VOWS CEREMONY – THREE REASONS TO CELEBRATE!”

  1. Claire Sykes fcJ Says:

    Welcome, Beta, Inez and Wina. May your life of companionship with Jesus be full of joy and happiness and may all who walk alongside you know that you are their ‘Friend in the Lord’.

  2. Anouska fcJ Says:

    Sounds like a truly amazing experience, full of life and light. Enjoying hearing about it from across the miles! United in heart and mind with you all. All the best for 2010.

  3. Madeleine, fcJ Says:

    Thanks for the wonderful description of the celebrations! I was with you in spirit!!!!! May our charism of companionship with Jesus and each other and all the world’s people light the way in the darkness that so often surrounds us…….

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