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Putri Karmel welcomes four new members into its fold

The neo professed: (L) temporary professed, and (R) perpetual professed, pose with Father Giovanni Sugau CSE, the presider, after the Mass, 16 July 2018, Kaingaran Tambunan.

KAINGARAN, Tambunan – The Congregation of the Putri Karmel here welcomed four new members into its fold on 16 July 2018, feast of Our Lady of Carmel.

Two novices – Lucyanne and Giselle – made their first religious profession of vows while another two, Sister Anastasia and Sister Andreanna, took their final vows.

The vows were accepted by Sister Marietta, Mother General of the congregation based in Indonesia.

Father Giovanni C Sugau, CSE, presided over the Eucharistic Celebration with the Rites of First and Final Profession.

Around 200 people – family members of the neo-professed, fellow Putri Karmel Sisters, CSE Brothers, Religious Brothers and Sisters, KTM members and other invited guests attended the event.

All adjourned to the hall below for the reception and entertainment programme.

Sr Maria Natalia: The silence and serenity draw me to God

vocation-storySr Maria Natalia made her first profession as a Putri Karmel Sister on 16 July 2016 at Kaingaran.  Below is her story.

The calling to live a religious life began when I was nine years old.

I recall at that time, I joined my mother and sister for a visit to the church at the Carmelite convent. My sister asked me whether I have any prayer request when we arrived at the convent. There was only one thing on my mind, and that was to be a religious sister, although I did not fully understand what a religious sister was.

During my teenage years, the calling came and went.   It disappeared, then it re-surfaced in the year 2009.  I was in Form 5 when I felt the quickening and strengthening of the call again.   Nevertheless, as a teen, I was also like my peers who did all the worldly things. I was immature and had a weak faith. But I kept the longing close to my heart and at last surrendered it to God.

In 2011, I joined a vocation seminar organised by a religious congregation in my parish. I was drawn to this congregation and had the desire to know more but did not have that chance because after my STPM, I decided to pursue a career. However, I remembered to keep the calling uppermost in my mind.

In 2012, I experienced that God, in His mysterious way, continued to light my path more and more towards His call. I had the opportunity to attend a retreat at the Putri Karmel Monastery in Kaingaran, after which, I felt an extraordinary peace and many of my personal questions were answered there. Since that experience, I was determined to come back to the silence and serenity of the place. So I did, to attend another vocation retreat held there.

During that period, I tried my best to search for the will of God. I encountered challenge after challenge, but they only served to strengthen and purify my heart.

The Sisters’ way of life also strengthened me. I woke up with them as early as 4 am and we were already at the chapel praying for the anointing of the Holy Spirit, followed by meditation, Mass, adoration, works, etc.

Finally, after discernment, I decided to enter the Putri Karmel Congregation in 2013 at the age of 21. With God’s grace, after three years in this place of silence and serenity, I made my first profession on July 16.

I praise and thank God for this beautiful calling He has gifted me with.

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