Sunday, September 2, 2012

Ora, Labora and more Ora!

It's over - three days of great joy and grace!  Soon, you will all meet our postulant, Julia Elena Abdala.  She is a wonderful addition to our community and is looking forward to classes and instruction.  Our Sister Kathleen Persson made her Perpetual Monastic Profession - the promise of life-long fidelity to our monastic way of life.  Sister Karen Lynn Trespacz renewed her monastic profession for one more year, and Sister Lilliane Normand began the transfer process - a three-year shift of her stability to this monastery - at the same liturgy.  Then, Sisters Joann, Shirley and Andrea made their First Monastic Profession on Sunday evening.  Five ceremonies in one holiday weekend!  For the liturgist it was like Easter all over again!  I guess "alleluia" is the right response to the bounty of new life in our midst.  Praise GOD from whom all blessings flow and thank you to ALL who pray for vocations to religious life.

Sister Lilliane receives our Vision Statement.

Sister Karen Lynn signs her profession formula.

Sister Kathleen sings the suscipe - an ancient prayer of self-surrender.
Julia Abdala, postulant