On the fest of Ven. Mother Maria Celeste, Feast of the Triumph of the Cross, September 14, 16 men and women were accepted to be Associates of the Redemptoristine Nuns in the Monastery of Mother Maria Celeste Crostarosa in Cebu. Fr. Nico Perez, CSSR, Redemptorist Provincial of Cebu, was the main celebrant of the Eucharistic celebration. He blessed and prayed for the Associates and asked them to pray for the Redemptorists and Redemptoristines. Sr. Alice Marie Agosto, OSSR and Prioress of the Monastery of Mother Maria Celeste accepted the Associates to participate in the Spirituality of the Order as lay people. After Holy Communion, they ask to be admitted as Associates and to participate in the charism of the Order to be “Living Memory of Jesus the Redeemer.
How the Group (Redemptoristine Associates) came to be:
Belinda Candelaria, has been searching for a deeper relationship with God. She used to come to the monastery and joined the Nuns in their prayers. One day she expressed her desire to be associated with the community while remaining as a lay person. The Nuns considered her desire and suggested to her to be an Associate. She then shared her desire with her staff in her office. Her staff were also desirous to join the group. Other friends who have been closely associated with the Nuns were ask if they want to join the group. These friends were so willing to join and they came on the Feast of Mother Celeste to publicly asked to be admitted as Redemptoristine Associates.