On 31st May, the Feast of the Visitation of Our Lady, Bishop Nicholas officiated the Solemn Profession of Sr Maria of the Resurrection. Sr Maria, who joined the Carmelite order in Notting Hill, was surrounded by family who had come over from the Philippines as well as friends from around the country. The Carmelite sisters described it as ‘a beautiful occasion for all’.
In his homily Bishop Nicholas referred Visitation of Our Lady and mentioned particularly Mary and Elizabeth’s willingness to say ‘Yes to the will of the Lord’ and how this is reflected in the vows that Sr Maria of the Resurrection had just made. He went onto say that it is other people saying ‘yes’ that deepens our own ‘yes’ to God, strengthening us all.