Today, August 11th, Feast Day of St. Clare of Assisi, the whole St. Clare Vice province rejoices and welcomes Teresa of Avila Trần Thi Mến and Martha Trần Thị Lam Kim as they initiated their formation in the Aspirancy. The Eucharistic celebration of the Entrance to the Aspirancy was presided by an OFM priest Fr. Peter Nguyen Van Dung at 7:00 a.m. in our Lady of Portiuncula Community, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Also, the different communities in the Vice province join the celebration virtually. In the celebration, Sr. Mapin Pineda gave each one the Tau symbolizing their belonging to the Congregation.
Teresa is 25 years old from Thanh Hoa Province and Martha is 22 from Nha Trang City. They arrived in the community last year, July and June respectively, to see, know, and experience religious life by living in community. The genuine smiles on their faces show their joy and certainty that God’s fidelity and His calling is irresistible and with that calling comes the abundant grace of courage and perseverance.
Likewise, last June 13th, on the Anniversary of the Venerability of Fr. Luis Amigó, Jene Lyra Perocho, 25 years old from Misamis Occidental, also initiated her Aspirancy in San Damiano Community, Quezon City, Philippines. She was with the sisters in Holy Family Community as an educator of Holy Family Home Foundation for almost 10 months. The Holy Eucharist was presided by her Spiritual Director, Rev. Fr. Wilfredo S. Benito, OFM. As a symbol of belonging to the Congregation, Sr. Anselma Bawag gave her the Tau.