Clothing of Sr. Lucia, May 13, 2017

May 13, 2017: The celebration of the Centenary of the First Apparition of Our Lady at Fatima.  

To celebrate the Centenary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima we were blessed to have the Clothing Day of Liz Heredia from San Antonio. As Liz received the Carmelite Habit, she also received her new name: Sr. Lucia of the Immaculate Heart. Our Carmel holds the “giving of the name” in the Rite of Admission to Religious Life with significance.  A religious name (and title, in our Carmelite Tradition) identifies the particular mission and charism of each religious. In our Community, the name is chosen for the individual after a year’s time of observation and discernment of the special spirit and gift of the “Sister-to-be”.  For all, it is a surprise as well as a joy to receive their new name and mission!  

Our Sr. Lucia of the Immaculate Heart was named after the humble, shepherdess of Fatima whose life was given to the spread of Devotion to Mary’s Immaculate Heart after the Apparitions of Our Lady in 1917.  Later in life, Sr. Lucia of Fatima became a Discalced Carmelite Nun for over fifty years. Our new Sr. Lucia has much to live up to!  Our Blessed Mother told Lucia in the June 13, 1917 apparition: “Jesus wants to use you to make me known and loved.  He wants to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. . . . You will be loved by God like flowers placed by me to adorn His throne.” Sr. Lucia’s new mission of prayer for the salvation of souls and devotion to the Immaculate Heart will be a source of grace for the Church.

In receiving the Habit of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Sr. Lucia was clothed in the Scapular and the white Mantle of purity. With this Mantle, she is wrapped and protected by the presence of Our Lady. It was a day of exceptional joy and jubilation as we welcomed another Sister to our Religious Family and Home of Mary, Mother of Grace!  Sr. Lucia began her novitiate for two years, at the end of which she will make her First Profession . . . to be followed by Solemn Profession three years later.


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