NAZARETH – On Saturday, January 18, 2020, Mother Antoinette of the Carmel of Nazareth celebrated her 100th birthday in presence of friends and family. On this occasion, a Thanksgiving Mass was celebrated by Bishop Boulos Marcuzzo and Fr. Hanna Kildani at the Carmel Monastery in Nazareth.
Present at the Thanksgiving Mass were the Carmelite Sisters, the family and friends of the Mother Antoinette, the parishioners as well as the Ambassador of Malta in Israel, Mrs. Cecilia Attard Pirotta.
During the Eucharistic celebration, Mother Antoinette renewed her vows and re-professed a special vow that she made in 1997 to offer her life for peace in the Holy Land, just like Jesus offered His for the redemption of mankind and our peace.
On behalf of the Apostolic Administrator H.E. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Fr. Hanna Kildani bestowed the golden medal of the Holy Sepulcher upon Mother Antoinette, after which a small get-together took place at the hall of the monastery, where people conveyed their birthday wishes to the Carmelite Sister.
Mother Antoinette was born in Malta in 1920 and first arrived in the Holy Land in 1945 where she joined the Carmel Monastery in Nazareth, realizing her childhood dream of becoming a nun. On September 25, 1946, she professed her first vows and became Sister Antoinette. For 75 years, she served in the Carmel Monastery where she became its Prioress for three times.