Profession of perpetual vows signals a commitment to the total gift of self to the Jesus Christ in poverty, chastity and obedience forever. Witnessing such a ceremony is always a new source of wonderment at God’s power and grace in the lives of young women, children of our times. He asks all, and He gives all. The seven sisters who have professed perpetual vows during this past week have found in Him all their joy as Spouses as Christ forever.
On Sunday, September 14th, Sr. Maria Acahuato Garcia, SSVM and Sr. Mary Wisdom of the Cross Solomon, SSVM made their perpetual profession at the Shrine of Our Lady of Peace in Santa Clara, California. These two California natives were blessed to have their friends and family accompany them on this solemn day, and to find themselves once more at the feet of Mary at her Shrine where both of them experienced the call to religious life during visits there. Congratulations to these West Coast vocations!
In Washington, DC
The following day, Monday, September 15th, four sisters professed their final vows at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC in a Holy Mass presided by His Eminence Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, DC.
The four missionary sisters were: Sr. Mary Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Adrover, SSVM (New York), Sr. Mary Mary Joy of Martyrs Kimble, SSVM (Maryland), Sr. Maria Advocata Nostra Leger, SSVM (Colorado), and Sr. Maryja Czarna Madonna Wojciechowski, SSVM (Michigan).
Both Sr. Joy of Martyrs and Sr. Czarna Madonna carry out apostolate in Italy, at the International Juniorate House of Studies and in the Cornelio Fabro Cultural Project respectively. On this side of the Atlantic, Sr. Blessed Sacrament is serving in the mission of Saint Rocco Catholic Church in Avondale, Pennsylvania (Archdiocese of Philadelphia) and Sr. Advocata Nostra teaches at a Catholic school in Peterborough, Ontario (Diocese of Peterborough).
Following the Holy Mass, we gathered for a reception with friends and family to celebrate with the newly professed sisters.
At the end of the week on Friday, September 19th, Sr. Maria Virgen de Anahuac Parra, SSVM professed her final vows in her home parish in Mexico. After her formation in our Province, Sr. Anahuac served for many years in Italy. She will now form part of the new SSVM mission in Mexico opening this month in Yucatan. Welcome back home and congratulations! (photos forthcoming)
At the Monastery in August
Finally, we do not want to forget to recognize the other two members of this class of nine sisters who already professed their perpetual vows in August. Sr. Maria Mater Cruci Corde Affixa Ganzenmuller, SSVM (Buffalo, New York) and Sr. Mary Mother of Divine Innocence Megargle, SSVM (Michigan) are cloistered contemplative sisters at the Monastery of St. Edith Stein in Brooklyn, New York. They belonged to this same novitiate class, and following their initial formation and a period of apostolic service, each discerned and requested to enter into contemplative life. See the complete article of their final vows: “From the Monastery: Perpetual Vows and New Sisters Enter Contemplative Life”