Poor Clare sister takes final vow

Marta Pusan, who took the religious name Sr Gloria of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, OSC, made her final vow at the Keningau Diocesan Retreat House, Tatal, on September 3.

Sep 23, 2022

Sr Gloria of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, OSC, receives her crown of thorns as a sign of her solemn profession.


By Didiroy Joneh
Marta Pusan, who took the religious name Sr Gloria of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, OSC, made her final vow at the Keningau Diocesan Retreat House, Tatal, on September 3.

Sr Gloria said, “The willingness to accept and express one’s final vow comes from God’s strength and love.”

The ceremony was presided over by Bishop Cornelius Piong and assisted by Fr Bede Antohnius, Fr Lazarous Uhin, Fr Cosmas Francis, OFM, and Fr Christino Tibong, OFM. In his homily, Bishop Cornelius thanked Sr Gloria for her courage in answering God's call.

The prelate also thanked her parents for presenting their daughter to work in God’s vineyard. The prelate hoped that Sr Gloria taking her final vow would inspire parents to encourage their children to respond to God’s call to become priests or religious.

“To respond to God’s call is not simple, but we are always reminded that God does not only call and commission us, but He will always accompany and give us strength. To discern our vocation, we must listen to the word of God, know His presence in our daily lives and ministry,” said Bishop Cornelius.

He called all present to follow Samuel’s example, who was obedient to God from a young age.

Sr Gloria hails from Tenghilan, Tuaran, Sabah, and is the third of seven children. She entered the Poor Clare Monastery as a postulant on July 26, 2016, and became a novice on Aug 22, 2017, at the Poor Clare Monasteries of Cantilan Surigao del Sur, Philippines.

On Sept 12, 2019, in conjunction with the Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary, Keningau Diocese officially welcomed the Poor Clare Congregation into its fold. Sr Gloria also made her temporary vow before Bishop Cornelius Piong and 11 priests on that day.

The Order of St Clare of Assisi, a contemplative congregation, was formally accepted to serve in the Keningau Diocese on September 12, 2019.

In his homily on that day, Bishop Cornelius said he and his diocesan priests were praying to realise the diocese’s vision and mission. “There is a need for this contemplative congregation (Poor Clare) to help the people to realise that God is present and, in our midst, and to support our mission to walk together as a community to the Kingdom of God. Therefore, we gladly accepted the congregation of Poor Clare as we need the prayer support from a contemplative order,” said the prelate.

At present, there are three permanent vowed sisters and two postulants residing at Keningau Diocesan Retreat House, Tatal.

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