Rita Ribeiro da Silva makes her solemn profession as a contemplative Augustinian Recollect in Brazil

On October 12th, at the Monastery of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Guaraciaba del Norte, Ceará, Brazil, Sister Rita Ribeiro da Silva, accompanied by the Augustinian Recollect Family, family and friends as public witnesses, made her solemn vows and was welcomed as a permanent member of her contemplative community.
News | 2021 Oct 22

It was already a holiday for the Solemnity of Our Lady of Aparecida, patron saint of Brazil; but the contemplative community of Augustinian Recollects of Guaraciaba del Norte (Ceará, Brazil) had the joy of celebrating it doubly by adding the solemn profession of Rita Ribeiro da Silva.

Born in Croatá, Ceará, a municipality near Guaraciaba, Rita entered the monastery as a postulant in January 2012 and after going through all the formative stages (postulancy, novitiate and juniorate) she has decided to give this definitive yes in her life as a contemplative nun.

At 5 p.m., Rita, accompanied by the godparents of the profession, the community and the liturgical team, began the procession of entry of the Eucharist, presided over by the diocesan bishop, Francisco Edmilson Neves Ferreira. In the homily, the bishop started from the readings heard during the Liturgy of the Word, all three with women as the main protagonists: Esther, the victorious woman of the Apocalypse and the Wedding at Cana.

That is why he invited Rita to be the fourth woman of the day, the one who intercedes, remembering the vocation to which she was called: a monastic life directed to intercession; and said, after recalling the words of Pope Francis:

"The world needs you, dear contemplatives, as lanterns that illuminate the path of the men and women of our time. Rita, do not forget to constantly intercede for humanity and, like the Virgin Mary, who comes to meet us to present us with the new wine, takes up the cross of Christ and presents to the world the newness of the Gospel. As the Holy Father says: be a bluff, I emphasize above all fidelity and perseverance from this radical approach to following Christ."

The Eucharist followed with the rite of profession, a moment of great intensity and very emotional not only for the neo-professed but also for all those who accompanied her. At the end of the celebration, Rita thanked the Holy Trinity for the gift of her vocation, her parents – who already enjoy the presence of God – and her family for their support and all those who have in some way been part of her life and vocation.

He thanked his local contemplative community for the welcome, help and support on his way; also to the Federation of Augustinian Recollects of Mexico,to which the monastery belongs, to the Augustinian Recollects for their spiritual, human and fraternal assistance; to the diocesan priests for their accompaniment, to the parishioners and to the people present at the celebration.

In the temple there were members of his family, friends and faithful of his parish of Croatá; the community of Augustinian Recollects of Guaraciaba also participated, as well as representatives of the community of Fortaleza and the Augustinian Recollect Family in Ceará: Augustinian Recollects of the Heart of Jesus of Fortaleza, Secular Fraternities and the   Augustinian-Recollect Youth .

Two representatives of the Carmel of Santa Teresita del Niño Jesús de Fortaleza were present, which since the beginning of the Recoleta contemplative foundation in Guaraciaba with the nuns from Mexico has offered them their friendship and spiritual and material support in the capital of the State.

For all the faithful, the celebration was broadcast live on the monastery's social networks.

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