The Day I Became a Sister of Mercy

May 9, 2017

By Sister Kristine Violango

Sister Kristine during the singing of the Litany of the Saints. Credit: Claire Khu.

Sister Kristine during the singing of the Litany of the Saints. Credit: Claire Khu.

Saturday, April 22, marked the big day that I’ve been waiting for: I became a full-fledged Sister of Mercy after 11 years of formation and some intensive process and preparation.

In my hometown in Gingoog City, Northern Mindanao, Philippines, at Sta. Rita de Cascia Parish, together with sisters, family, relatives, friends and parishioners, I solemnly professed my perpetual vows with much joy and thanksgiving to God, despite the loss of my Aunt Nenen (my father’s older sister) who had passed away the day before. However, I felt her presence during the ceremony.

That was a twofold blessing: a blessing of surrender to God and a blessing of dedicating myself to God and community. I was trembling with joy when the Litany of the Saints was sung. I felt that all the angels and saints were there.

Find out more about becoming a Sister of Mercy.

Sister Kristine is blessed by Fathers Semeon, Illah and Richie (left) and Sister Pat McDermott, Institute president. Credit: Jose Bollozos

Sister Kristine is blessed by Fathers Semeon, Illah and Richie (left) and Sister Pat McDermott, Institute president. Credit: Jose Bollozos

Sister Kristine kneels before the splendid altar at Sta. Rita de Cascia.

Sister Kristine kneels before the splendid altar at Sta. Rita de Cascia.

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  1. Sr. Mary Cabrini Taitano

    Congratulations and prayerful blessings! May you continue to be the presence & face of God’s mercy to all you minister and with whom you bring and share God’s mercy!


  2. Joey Reymond Carreon

    CONGRATS SISTER PRAYING FOR YOUR PERSEVERANCE


  3. Donna Conroy, RSM

    Christine, congratulations! This looks like it was a wonderful celebration of Mercy in a most beautiful setting. Many blessings in the years to come! Donna Conroy – Northeast Community, USA


  4. Nancy Whitley RSM

    How proud I am to call you my sister! You truly represent the mercy and compassion of God and Catherine McAuley. Thank you for saying “Yes” to God’s invitation.