Sister Philomena Anne will be professing First Vows on June 9, 2018 at Saint Teresa's Motherhouse. She will leave Avila for a week's vacation to be with her family and then on to her new mission assignment on June 18th. Sister Helena of Mary, novice director, put together a simple prayer service and invited the Formation team, Mother Mark, Prioress General, and Sister Francis Patrick, local Prioress at the Motherhouse. We also had two of the five young women, Emily and Sharon, who will be entering in September, participate at the prayer service. Of course, there was a party! The photos below show each Sister come up to Sister Philomena and presented her with an object which symbolized and captured the sentiments they each want Sister to meditate on and take with her. It was an event graced with such wisdom and insights! We have objects like a candle, a leaf, a bookmark, sea shell, poem and reflection on the vows. Truly a rich gathering of Carmelite wisdom and community!
The Avila Sisters wish Sister Philomena much graces, love and blessings as she continues her journey in Carmel. She will be missed at Saint Teresa's Motherhouse but we know that we will see her again in September when she comes back to Avila as a temporary vow Sister!