Sixteen years ago, I consecrated my life to Our Lady of Carmen as I began my life in community: on May 28, 2016 I reaffirmed this consecration when I made my profession of final vows in the Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the city of Catemaco, Veracruz in Mexico, the village where I was born.
The Eucharist was what I dreamed since I started the preparations, presided by Bishop Fidencio Lopez Plaza, current Bishop of the Diocese of San Andres Tuxtla, concelebrated by several priests: Joel Solano (pastor of the Sanctuary) and Francisco Javier Rueda. Seminarian friends and my sisters the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ accompanied me. I was further blessed to have my parents Rafael Mina and Juana Juarez, my brothers, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, and friends present for this special day.
My heart is still filled with joy because I know it's a “YES to many No’s” and God‘s grace is and will be my strength in my journey, confirmed on May 28th. I am grateful to God; with Blessed Catherine and the Song of Songs I affirm: "my Beloved is mine and I am my Beloved’s.".
-So I put myself in your prayers, as I recall the words: "Each day become more and more a Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ" (taken from the homily of Bishop Fidencio Lopez Plaza, May 28, 2016)
Gratefully in Christ,
your sister Elvia Mina Juarez