chalices.full.of.ChristThe call to religious life is a great gift of grace.  It belongs to the initiative of God and the free response of the soul.  As St. John Paul II has said: “The experience of a vocation is unique and indescribable, and is only perceived as a gentle breeze of the clarifying touch of grace. The vocation is a breathing of the Holy Spirit, who, at the same time as he genuinely shapes our fragile human reality, shines a new light into our hearts. He instills an extraordinary power that merges our existence into the divine enterprise.” (Rome, March 17, 1982)  Like “chalices full of Christ”, we want to be consecrated, set apart, belonging only to Christ so the He may live in us and our charity may be poured forth for souls.

This year in our province we were able to welcome a group of ten sisters who made their first profession on November 3rd at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.  Once more, the mystery of the call and the gift of grace shone through these women.  Congratulations to all the sisters and to their families, as well as to those who accompanied them during their discernment over the years and to those who serve in our houses of formation.  May Our Lady of Lujan continue to intercede for these new Spouses of Christ as they grow in the religious life!  Viva la Virgen!

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Sisters line up before the Mass.

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Veils and crowns on the side, as the Mass begins.

Fr. Daniel Mentesanna, IVE, Provincial Superior of the IVE preaches a homily on the need for women religious in our contemporary society.

Fr. Daniel Mentesanna, IVE, Provincial Superior of the IVE preaches a homily on the need for women religious in our contemporary society.

Sisters profess their vows of chastity, poverty, obedience, and Marian consecration.

Sisters profess their vows of chastity, poverty, obedience, and Marian consecration.

A special word of thanks to all the concelebrating priests -- those of the IVE (our Religious Family) and all those from diocese around the country who came to support us and join in the holy sacrifice of the Mass for this occasion.  Thank you!

A special word of thanks to all the concelebrating priests — those of the IVE (our Religious Family) and all those from diocese around the country who came to support us and join in the holy sacrifice of the Mass for this occasion. Thank you!

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Sisters receive the blue veil, sign of profession.

Sisters receive the crown, symbol of the Spouse of Christ -- worn only at first profession and perpetual profession.

Sisters receive the crown, symbol of the Spouse of Christ — worn only at first profession and perpetual profession.

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The whole class gathers at the foot of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, patroness of the SSVM Novitiate of our Province.

The whole class gathers at the foot of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, patroness of the SSVM Novitiate of our Province.

Congratulations to all the families who have given a daughter to the Church!

Congratulations to all the families who have given a daughter to the Church!

The festive spirit of joy continued at the reception that followed.

The festive spirit of joy continued at the reception that followed.

The whole Religious Family and our friends and relatives joined together for the reception and entertainment to follow.

The whole Religious Family and our friends and relatives joined together for the reception and entertainment to follow.