At the Faculty of Religious Studies, University of St. Joseph-Macau, we try as much as possible to give our students holistic and integral formation. We envision to develop in them both the informative and transformative capacities.
We accompany them in their chosen vocation. It is always a joy to see our brothers being ordained as deacons and priests, or our sisters profess their religious vows. It gives us a sense of mission and fulfillment to see them commit themselves to ministry and religious life after their academic studies.
Last 8 August 2019, on the great feast of St. Dominic de Guzman, we witnessed the first religious profession of vows of Srs. Edelita Sotero Sibongga and Maria Goreti de Almeida held in Zamboanga City. I travelled all the way from Manila to be in the beautiful city of Zamboanga to show support and encouragement to our two alumnae. I brought with me the greetings and heartfelt wishes of all of those who could not make it to the celebration. The ambience in the Dominican convent was jubilant and memorable because of several reasons: the Dominican sisters from nearby mission areas all congregated at the Provincial House not only to celebrate the feast of St. Dominic, but also to witness the first profession of religious vows of their two youngest members in the very presence of Sr. Daisy, the General Councilor from the Generalate in Madrid. The Eucharistic Celebration, officiated no less than by the Archbishop of Zamboanga, was participated by the Dominican Sisters, parents, relatives, and friends of the two vowers. The Dominican Youth Choir did melodious singing adding to the solemnity of the celebration. After the Eucharistic Celebration, the agape / fellowship followed where everyone present partook of the sumptuous meal prepared by the Dominican Sisters.
The profession of vows of Srs. Edelita and Maria Goreti was a living testimony that the mission of St. Dominic goes on. The two young sisters are God’s gifts to the Church and the congregation. We in the Faculty of Religious Studies join them in their prayers to God that their mission may produce a hundredfold for the realization of God’s Kingdom on earth.
Dr. Arnold T. Monera