JERUSALEM - On Sunday, May 10, 2020, at the Monastery of St. Clare in Jerusalem, the solemn profession of Sister Guadalupe de Dios took place. Celebrated with the solemn Eucharist, the profession was presided over by Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, with Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo, Patriarchal Vicar for Jerusalem and Palestine, and fifteen priests concelebrants, accompanied by Franciscan students from the theological seminary of Saint Savior who provided the altar service.
On Sunday, May 10, 2020, at the Saint Clare Monastery in Jerusalem, where she has lived for four years, Sister Guadalupe de Dios made her permanent vows at the hands of Sister Marie de Nazareth, local superior delegate of Mother Chiara Amata Ruggiero, thus definitively concluding her vocational discernment journey.
The Eucharistic celebration was presided over by Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem with Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo, Patriarchal Vicar for Jerusalem and Palestine, and fifteen priests concelebrating. The Franciscan students from the theological seminary of Saint Savior provided the altar service. Some clerics, religious, and friends, and neighbors, including sisters from the community of Saint Dorothy, participated in the event, accompanied in their prayers by the songs of the monastery.
Due to the health crisis guidelines, which did not allow for greater numbers of participants, the small presence of the Church in Jerusalem was a great comfort to the Poor Clares’ community. From Argentina, Italy and other parts of the world, the family and friends of Sister Guadalupe participated at a distance, in a simple and sincere communion.
Archbishop Pizzaballa in his homily alluded to the story of the first Christian community in Jerusalem (Acts 6:1-7) in which, as a response to the urgency of serving at the tables, the diaconal ministry had its origin. “This is how, in the communities of Ancient Israel, God’s plan unfolded. It is a story made of trials, in which everyone is involved and which leads us to carry out the will of God through our struggles, efforts, and desires, with all humanity, which involves the entire Church in a plan that remains to be fulfilled but where there is the certainty that “everything is grace.”
“I like to think of your story and vocation as a difficult but sincere search for God the Father’s Face”, said Archbishop Pizzaballa, addressing Sister Guadalupe, “which after all, if we take the time to reflect, it is also the story of each of us.”
A special and moving moment concluded the ceremony, the different participants coming, in turn, to greet Sister Guadalupe and congratulate her on her commitment. Refreshments were offered afterward.
An Argentine national, the third-born in a family of four, Sister Guadalupe de Dios met the Poor Clares community in 2009 during a year-long stay in the Holy Land, as a volunteer. Returning to Argentina, she continued her vocational journey by maintaining ties of friendship and communion with the Poor Clares as well as with the Franciscan Brothers of the Custody of Jerusalem.
Having lived the first years of her religious life at the Poor Clares Monastery in Corrientes, she asked, in June 2016, to settle in the Monastery of Jerusalem, where she completed her vocational discernment, choosing to belong definitively to the Poor Clares community of the Holy City.
The St. Clare monastery was founded in 1888 by the French monastery of Paray-Le-Monial. It is currently composed of nine sisters hailing from four diverse countries (Italy, France, Rwanda, Argentina), who strive to live the Gospel according to the charism of Saint Clare, in communion with the Brothers of the Custody of the Holy Land: to be a “praying” presence in this land which has known the steps of the Son of God.