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The community of Boso Boso celebrates the Bicentenary of the birth of Fr Gregorio and the 161 years of its foundation

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"As Jesus was intent on consoling his Apostles after his resurrection, so he will come to console the faithful soul with his peace"
(Father Gregory)

In our community, the community of St. Elizabeth of Hungary, we celebrated the feast of the 161st Anniversary of the Canonical Opening of our religious family, the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, FMSC.

On the morning of April 21, after the prayer of Lauds and meditation, we undertook to prepare the necessary things for the Holy Mass. The Holy Mass would be celebrated in our chapel, in praise and thanks to God for the gift of the charism given to the our founders, Laura Leroux de Bauffremont, to the Venerable Father Gregorio Fioravanti, OFM and to the first Sisters.

We thank the Parish Priest, the Rev. Br. Evan Paul A. Villanueva, MI, for his willingness to celebrate Holy Mass in our chapel. He wanted to celebrate with us, as he always wants. We also had a few people for the celebration, who attend the parish church during the week. Besides, we took the opportunity to invite some people close to us and the lay people who were available that day; as a whole about twenty people attended the Holy Mass.

We offered the intention of the Holy Mass for the Congregation, for the Sisters scattered around the world and especially for those who find themselves in difficult missions. For the people who have been touched by the life and testimony of the FMSC Sisters, here in Boso Boso.

The parish priest in his homily proposed to take this opportunity also to see the past and evaluate in ourselves whether we have been faithful to the commitment assumed in order to  be able to continue the journey of faith and face the new challenges that this time offers us. The laity are now committed to helping us in the service of welcoming pilgrims and selling handmade wreaths and other religious objects as souvenirs for pilgrims who come to our parish, which is one of the Jubilee Churches. The Jubilee year for the 500th anniversary of the evangelization of the Philippines has been extended until the end of 2022. The Holy Father Francis wanted to give permission to extend the time because the pandemic had greatly reduced the presence of pilgrims.

After the homily, we renewed the Holy Vows of obedience, poverty and chastity in communion with all the sisters of the Congregation.

At the end of the Eucharistic celebration, we took the group photo, followed by a simple sharing in a fraternal agape.

There was a great desire to meet and share, in fact the last time we met was in 2019, then the pandemic had interrupted all activities in the presence.

Then we offered a souvenir with the magnet specially prepared with the image of the Founder, the Venerable Father Gregory and the necklaces with the image of the Founder and the Madonna of Perpetual Help sent to us by the Sisters in Italy. For the occasion, we also had a plate painted with the image of Father Gregory in thanksgiving to God for the 200th anniversary of his birth. The gift is for the three communities in the Philippines. After that, we thanked those present for their participation and sharing the joy for the 161 years of the foundation of our religious family. Therefore, they too thanked us for the invitation.

We always hope in God that the pandemic will soon end so that we can resume normal life with formation meetings and various activities, even with young people.

Venerable Father Gregory, pray for us!

Sr. Lucy and Sr. Carlota
Community of Saint Elizabeth of Boso Boso-Philippines



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