DAVAO City, Sept, 2, 2015—Six members of the Dominican Sisters of the Trinity have recently reached milestones in their lives as religious women.
Celebrating not one but three jubilee celebrations, the sisters marked the diamond jubilee of Sr. Jeanne Blouin, OP and golden jubilees of Sr. Patria M. Domingo, Sr. Esmeralda Ouano-Tiin, and Sr. Carmelita Llanos with a Mass and renewal of vows held Aug. 29 at San Antonio de Padua Parish in Agdao with Ipil Bishop Julius S. Tonel as presider.
The Dominican Sisters also marked the silver jubilee or 25 years in religious life of Sr. Paz Paglinawan, OP and Sr. Elsa Sentillas, OP during the said event.
“Your witness to the religious life is your living together, living out your vocation showing how you love each other,” said Tonel, adding:
‘Seekers of love’
“Young people today are seekers of the love of God. The religious life is their model of love for one another.”
The prelate said young people, the so-called “selfie generation”, seek how to love one another and they have the sisters and the saints as their role models.
The bishop also lauded them for their apostolate among the sick in Davao and in neighboring cities. It can be remembered that the congregation started their apostolate in Davao through the San Pedro Hospital and San Pedro College.
The six members of the congregation renewed their vows of poverty, obedience, and chastity which they made during their first profession of vows.
“We are supposedly four golden jubilarians but our batch mate has left us in July last year,” said Sr. Carmelita Llanos during her words of thanks as she led the congregation in praying for the eternal repose of deceased sister, Sr. Eladia Liston, OP who died July 7, 2014.
Llanos also asked prayers for them as they persevere in the religious life saying, “Your presence and your prayers are a great value to us.”
She added the Lord will be the one to repay them for their goodness and for their support to those in the religious life.
“What we cannot do, the Lord can. May you always keep us in your prayers,” she quipped.
She also thanked their respective families for giving them to the service of the Lord through the religious vocation. (John Frances C. Fuentes /CBCP News)