200th Anniversary of the Birthday of M. Carmen Castro,
Mother of Saint Bonifacia Rodriguez de Castro
December 1, 1813 – December 1, 2013
Today, the Congregation celebrates in a special way the 200th birthday anniversary of Maria Natalia Castro Jimenez or M. Carmen Castro, mother of Saint Bonifacia. To commemorate the day, the Luzon Cluster, particularly the Juniors, prepared a power point presentation of her life and virtues and the important role she played at the beginnings of the history of the Congregation.
This power point presentation served as the introduction to the Eucharistic celebration which followed. In the same introduction, the Province, through Milagros Maravilla, gave recognition to the Senior Sisters (ages 70 and above) for their life and fidelity and for their contribution to the growth of the Congregation in the Philippines and to the Province. Those given recognition in the Luzon Cluster were: Mo. Telesfora Sondia, Mo. Josefina Sajo, Mo. Filomena Evalles, Josefa Azarcon, Edith Almosa, Felisa Villaluna, Rosario Sinco, Elvira Javerto, Ma. Flora Perez, Julia Talicusay, Beatriz Bristol, Delia Labay and Violeta Layson. They were applauded and were pinned corsage by the youngest members of the Province: the Juniors, the novices, pre-novices and aspirant.
Milagros, as Provincial, declared December 1 of every year as Senior Sisters’ Day in the Province of the Holy Family.
The Eucharistic celebration followed presided by Fr. Nonong Pili, a diocesan priest and the Rector of St. Joseph’s Seminary.
In solidarity with the victims of the recent calamity which devastated the Visayas region, the usual fiesta menu was not followed. Instead “Lugaw with Tokwa and Baboy” was served for lunch. No special drink nor special dessert was served. Whatever is saved will be added to the calamity fund for the victims of “Yolanda”.
At about 1:30 p.m. the residents of Rosario, Cavite presented their songs and dance in honor of the Senior Sisters. This was followed by a video presentation of the havoc caused by strongest typhoon “Haian” or “Yolanda was presented to everybody in the Conference Room later followed by a film showing “Christmas Wish”.