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Final  Profession  of Alicia Pérez, fcJ

Alicia Pérez made  final vows on 25 February 2006 in Salta, Argentina, the first Spanish FCJ  to make vows iin many years.  The Bishop of Salta, Mons. Mario Antonio Cargnello, celebrated the Mass of Profession in the barrio chapel.  Alicia had the joy of her parents’ presence at her ceremony, also that of a friend from Spain who decided to surprise her!

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Sr. Alicia with her parents and friend from Spain    Sr. Katherine Mary                     The Choir


Alicia makes her vows;  
then signs the Vow Register.  





There was a wonderful mix of people present, from the barrio, from the Catholic University where Alicia works
and some Companions in Mission who travelled from Tarija, Bolivia.



 The celebrations continued after Mass and in the Parish House


My name is Alicia. I am from Spain, joined the Sisters Faithful Companions of Jesus in the USA, and made final profession in 2006 in Salta, NW of Argentina.

I arrived in Salta five years ago. Our community is located in a very poor neighborhood. I work there and also teach computer science at the Catholic University.

When I was studying for a PhD in computer science, the idea of a religious vocation swept into my mind. It was exciting, crazy, frightening, incredible, all at the same time. Honestly, I couldn’t make much sense of it: here I was, half way through a PhD in computer science, and thinking of becoming a nun?? I had never heard of such a thing. And what a waste of my effort! Plus, I am a very independent person. Surely I could never make a vow of obedience and live in a community of sisters. Yes, I was giving myself all kinds of reasons why this was non-sense. And yet deep inside I had a strange, almost silly, sense of joy and meaning. I was becoming aware that God was inviting me to deeper intimacy and to become part of Jesus mission of proclaiming God’s love to the world. Jesus said, “I lay down my life freely”. I can’t even think of comparing my life to Jesus sacrifice, but after all I am called to be his Faithful Companion in laying my life down too. And in doing it freely. What does it mean “to be free”? In discerning my vocation I realized I was free when I was able to put aside my work, friends, security, etc and choose a religious life commitment; free to choose something in spite of what “the world” prefers; free to choose something good among other good things (work, relationships); after all, all were gifts. This may be why I like this prayer, written by a Spaniard and a companion of Jesus, Ignatius of Loyola. It’s interesting I can’t always pray it because some days the cost seems overwhelming. Take Lord receive… all I need is your love and your grace.

Over all these years, life as an FCJ continues being for me the response to an invitation from God, to an experience of the love of God. The invitation is so deep and so powerful that one senses the need to respond to it placing one’s life in God’s hands. It is an invitation to share in the life and the mission of Jesus, making him present in the world by living as he lived, chaste, poor and obedient. With my commitment I want to be an instrument of the power of the name of Jesus to bring healing, salvation and hope to our world. This conviction and a sense of gratitude for it is what sustains me day after day.

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