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Providence Sister Marita Capili professes first vows in Spokane

the Inland Register

(From the December 19, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Marita Capili SP

Marita N. Capili made first profession of vows as a Sister of Providence in a Mass on Sunday, Sept. 22, in the chapel at Mount St. Joseph, Spokane. The event was followed by a reception.

She recently spent seven months in the Providence Sisters’s mission in El Salvador for a cross-cultural experience.

It was not her first experience of a foreign mission to the poor in another part of the world, but it was her first in connection with the Religious community. Several years ago, while working as a junior executive for an international hotel chain, she spent six days with orphans in Haiti on a pilgrimage for the Food for the Poor program.

“Sister Marita has had many experiences throughout her life, and all have led her to be where she is today, offering her life in service of others because she is impelled to do so by God’s love,” said Providence Sister Judith Desmarais, provincial superior. “Her life-changing experience in Haiti marked her, causing her to evaluate her life and change direction to follow God’s call. We are grateful to God for calling Sister Marita to the Sisters of Providence to share God’s love and compassion with those who are vulnerable and most in need.”

Sister Marita was one of eight children born to a poor family in the Philippines.

For three years she worked for Hyatt International Hotels as a front-desk agent, and then began advancing into higher-level positions at hotels in places including the Chicago area, Egypt, Saipan, Los Angeles and Seattle. Through it all, the 10- to 12-hours days and the world travel, she was restless.

Things changed when Marita heard God’s call clearly and began exploring whether she had a vocation to Religious life. She found the answer through discussions with a pastor and an ad for the Sisters of Providence in a national magazine for people discerning a call to Religious life. Contacts with the Religious community led her to seek immediate entrance, but instead she began a period of discernment that led to her request to become a candidate a year later.

As a candidate, she moved to Spokane and became involved in ministries, including as a volunteer at Women’s Hearth, at Ronald McDonald House, and at Mount St. Joseph. She also participated in RCIA on Sundays.

Friends and family were skeptical at first, wondering why a woman who was successfully climbing the corporate ladder would abandon a promising career. Co-workers didn’t quite know what to think, she said. Eventually, they came around when they realized that she was sincere and determined.

She entered the Religious community two years ago in a ceremony at the novitiate house in Spokane.

Father J. Severyn Westbrook, a retired priest of the Spokane Diocese, was the presider for the first-vows ceremony on Sept. 22. Sister Marita designed the programs and invitations that bore a multi-colored flame and the theme, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you” (John 20:21-22).

In January, Sister Marita will travel to San Antonio, Texas, for a monthlong mission discernment experience. Preparation for Missionaries is offered once a year by Intercultural Consultation Services. The program focuses on the specifics of discernment, assessment and preparation for intercultural living and ministry. Its goals are to help participants “gain necessary information to deepen their self-knowledge and discern and assess their call to a different ministry or cross-cultural ministry,” and to empower them “to share their gifts, struggles, vision and charism in preparation for cross-cultural living.

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