We welcome Veronica Castro Nolasco who was received as a Candidate of the Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity! This took place during evening prayer on Friday, February 1, 2019, the vigil of the Presentation of the Lord. Sisters Barbara McIntyre, MSBT; Virginia Wagner, MSBT; Grace Raymond Tighe, MSBT and Maria Zepeda, MSBT gathered with her in prayer in the Chapel of our religious formation house, Cenáculo Misionero de San José in Xotepingo, Mexico City.
Candidacy is the first public step in the longer personal journey of discernment of vowed religious life. It follows a period of inquiry and vocation placement during which time Veronica lived in community with our sisters, praying and working alongside them. Candidacy for the Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity is typically for a period of 6 to 12 months.
With the guidance of her Candidate Director, Sr. Virginia Wagner, MSBT, Veronica will deepen her prayer life and grow in her knowledge of faith and spiritual life as she continues to discern her particular call to the Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity. This will also be a time for Veronica to grow in understanding and experience of the ministry of the sisters. She will be working in parish ministry at San Marcos in Xochimilco, serving the local community within an economically depressed area that is still recovering from the 2017 earthquake in Mexico.
The acceptance of a Candidate within our community is a simple ritual. Ours is just a question, an answer, an invitation and a prayer:
Sister Barbara: What do you want, Veronica?
Veronica: I wish to be admitted to the Candidacy of the Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity.
Sister Barbara: Then, come. I invite you to live and work with us as a Candidate.
I pray to the Holy Spirit to strengthen you to know the will of God for you and for us.
After this, Veronica received a medal of the Holy Spirit on a silver chain and Sr. Virginia gave a lovely reflection. Following the prayer there was a celebration complete with tamales, atole and pineapple upside down cake.
Becoming a… religious is not primarily our own decision… Rather it is the response to a call and to a call of love. I hear something within me which moves me and I answer “yes”.
—Pope Francis, Address to Seminarians and Novices, July 6, 2013