Saturday, April 29, 2006

The NCR-NORTH Regional Council held its first Regional Reception, Temporary Profession and Hermitage Rites on the Solemnity of the Annunciation on March 25, 2006 at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Cubao, Quezon City. The Eucharistic Celebration was officiated by the National Spiritual Director, Fr. Pedro Manilag, Jr., O Carm. The National Prioress was not able to come. She was admitted at The Medical City due to severe abdominal pain where she underwent a series of medical procedures. All results were normal, thanks to prayers offered for her. In her absence, Natividad Santos, Regional Coordinator for NCR-North assisted the National Spiritual Director during the rites. Joe Generoso, NFC Director graced the occasion and was like a "Carmel Big Brother" to the "CBB community mates".

The Cathedral was decorated for the 11 am wedding so the Eucharistic Celebration and the Reception/Profession Rites started at 9 am. Elvie de Dios, Regional Secretary prepared the booklets for the Eucharistic Celebration and the Rites. The processional march included the candidates for the said Rites and the National Officers. Offerors were the Regional Coordinator and the Local Prioresses – Mercy Castro (Immaculate Conception Community, Cubao), Trudy Mencias (Holy Family Community, Kamias), Sally Castro (Our Lady of Miraculous Medal, Project 4) and Rosmel Chavez (Tanay Community.) The choir was composed of members from Cubao and Project 4.
Candidates for Hermitage

The Local Prioresses as Offerors

Received into the Novitiate were Tina Guillerme, Rodolfo Ilo and Jerome Figueroa, all from the Immaculate Conception Community. Those who made their temporary profession were Heidi Bobis and Crisanta Coloma both from the Holy Family Community and Rossana Garcia from the Tanay Community. Hermitage Rites were conferred on Nena Concepcion (Project 4) and Carmen Santos/Estelita Songcog (Project 7).

A simple lunch was served at the Parish Social Hall. The success of this regional activity may be attributed to the coordinated efforts of the Immaculate Conception TOC Community and especially to Winda Poblacion, Cubao Formation Directress, Elvie de Dios, Regional Secretary and Sally Castro, Prioress of Project 4 TOCC. Almost all members of the region were in attendance except those from the Divine Mercy TOC Community, Sikatuna, Quezon City.

Received into the Novitiate

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