(24 April 2016)
It was a day full of joy at the Provincialate in celebration of the feast day of St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier, foundress of the Religious of the Good Shepherd. Girls from Bukid Kabataan (Cavite), Euphrasian Residence (QC), Heart of Mary Villa (QC), Ruhama Center for Women (QC), and Welcome House Paco (Manila), RGS sisters, mission partners, and friends gathered during the event which started with a Thanksgiving Mass presided by Rev. Fr. Robert Leus, CJM.
After the homily, Sr. Clara Loilo, RGS went up to the altar to renew her vows of poverty, chastity, obedience, and zeal before the congregation. Her renewal of vows was received by Sr. Ma. Regina Kuizon, RGS, Province Leader.
During the Communion, seven girls from Bukid Kabataan received their First Communion. The Mass ended with the traditional offering of red roses to the statue of St. Mary Euphrasia which was followed by an agape in Heart of Mary Villa.
Sr. Lea Comia, RGS took the stage to retell the life of St. Mary Euphrasia from her early childhood upto the founding of the RGS. Then Kung Fu Panda 3 was shown in the screen to the delight of the girls and the sisters alike. Lunch followed and a quiz bee was held where girls were grouped to answer the questions about the life of St. Mary Euphrasia and the RGS.
This is the second year to which the Province has celebrated St. Mary Euphrasia’s feast day with the gathering of the girls from nearby centers for a day of fun, games, and treats. Thanks to the generosity of the local leaders and the benefactors, the celebration marked a milestone in the life of the girls that the RGS house in different centers across the country.