13 Servant Sisters and 2 Servant Brothers consecrated themselves to God, entering the novitiate on July 16th, the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
Both ceremonies took place in Priego (Central Spain) in the town´s parish church, St. Nicholas of Bari. Mass was celebrated by Fr. Rafael Alonso.
During the first mass, which took place at 11:30 in the morning, Nicholas Umana and Benjamin Fenlon received the habit of the Servant Brothers and Priests of the Home of the Mother, wearing a cassock for the first time.
After lunch, the candidates with the Servant Sisters entered into the novitiate at 6:30 in the evening: Alejandra, Eyling, Bailey, Mary, Morgan, Miriam, Shelby, Helen, Rachel Newton and Rachel Hernandez, Susan, Anne, and Kristen, which was followed by a traditional procession with an image of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. It is a very important feast for the people in Priego. The procession took place throughout the town streets, which were decorated with flowers that the parishioners themselves had prepared for Our Lady. During the procession, the new novices of the Servant Brothers and of the Servant Sisters took turns carrying the statue of Our Lady. The townsfolk, however, didn´t want to miss out on their turn either.
It was a beautiful way of celebrating Our Lady´s feast day. We pray that Our Lady will always reign in the hearts of these young men and women - children of God - who have just given themselves completely to her, and that she may strengthen their wills so that they may remain faithful until the end of their lives.