Sister Rosario Ongayo professes first vows

MERIDEN, CT (02-19-2012) - Sister Rosario Ongayo professed vows of chastity, poverty and obedience in a private ceremony during Mass in the community chapel at Paul VI Center. Sisters and Brothers of the Meriden center, Sister Maria David Magbanua of the Falls Church, Virginia, center, and Sister Rosario's sister and friend from the Philippines were present. Sister Rosario, a native of Philippines, has spent the past three years in formation at the motherhouse. With her profession of vows, she completes her novitiate.

Sister Rosario professes her vows as she kneels before Mother Shaun Vergauwen, Mother General. Behind her are Sister Patricia Glass, FSE and Sister Frances Zajac, FSE who served as witnesses.

The Very Reverend Douglas Mosey, CSB expressed the eschatological significance of Sister's vows in his masterful homily as he suggested that she now is an "eschatological icon" pointing to the reality of union with Christ in eternity. "As one looks into her beautiful eyes, one should now see beyond her physical beauty to the transcendent reality she has professed today," he proclaimed. He related her profession of vows and her journey toward this day to the Scriptural readings for the Sunday liturgy.

Sister Rosario signs the official document of Profession of Vows which is also signed by the Mother General, the two witnesses and the officiating priest.
A joyful day for all! From left, Romelia Ongayo, sister of Sister Rosario, shares the joy of the day with Mother Shaun Vergauwen and Sister Rosario.