Foundation of a community of the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother in Alcala de Henares, Madrid (Spain), April 12, 2015.
On Sunday April 12, the feast day of the Divine Mercy, the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother founded a new community in Alcalá de Henares (Madrid).
The previous week, a group of sisters were preparing the house, trying to make our "home of Nazareth" as welcoming as possible, within the simplicity that, certainly, would have reigned in the house of the Holy Family.
For this day, an apostolic movement present in the diocese, called 'Kerygma', had organized a holy hour before the Blessed Sacrament at 5:00 in the afternoon, in the church next to our house, which we took part in together with the Bishop of Alcalá, Bishop Reig Plá. First we went out in procession with the Blessed Sacrament to the plaza where the church is located and we had adoration there, which was a grace for all. We felt that the Lord was the first to greet us in the diocese, and that once again He said: "I am with you all the days until the end of the world".
Once back in the church, we received the blessing. Later we went to the Bishop’s chapel, where we were going to have the Eucharistic celebration in which the new community would be inaugurated. We felt like a family with the members of the Home who came to accompany us, and with the laity and priests from different parishes of the dioceses, who gave us a truly warm welcome.
Monsignor Reig was very grateful during the homily for our presence in the diocese, and gave a description of what our consecrated life had to mean in Alcalá: a beautiful plan of holiness, truly demanding, even though it frightens us because we are aware of our weaknesses, we want to go forward with generosity, supported in Mary's maternity.
He also commented, among other things, that we are a gift from Saint John Paul II, who is so loved and so important in the history of the Home, and has encouraged us to a total and generous surrender, until the point of giving our life for Christ. Without doubt, for us it is also a great gift to be here in Alcalá, a diocese that has a bishop who is a true father for all.
After the celebration, full of simplicity and joy, we all went to our house so that the people could visit it and the Bishop could bless it.
We concluded the day with a small celebration, at the end of which we were feeling our body exhausted, but with our souls brimming with happiness and gratitude.
Our Lady was very present throughout this day and, as the motto Monsignor Reig Plá says, She always shows that she is our Mother.