Veni, Sponsa Christi! “Come Spouse of Christ!” We have the great joy of celebrating the perpetual vows of eleven sisters in our Province this fall during the Year of Consecrate Life. Some sisters have come home from the foreign missions to profess in the company of their family and friends, while others are currently missionaries in the United States or Canada.
In Mankato, Minnesota
On August 29th Sister Maria Mater Compassionis Schmitz, SSVM made her final profession in her home state of Minnesota at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Mankato where our IVE minor seminary is located. Sister Compassionis returned to the US for the occasion from her mission in Taiwan where she has been serving for the past five years.
Exaltation of the Cross in Washington, DC
In Washington, DC our community witnessed the profession of six sisters on September 14th, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross which is our special patronal feast day on which we honor the Cross of Matará and our vocation to be the “Servants” at the foot of the Cross (Luke 8:1-3).
Most of the sisters from the missions on the East Coast were able to attend as well as sisters from some of the farther-flung missions in Canada, Florida and California. The holy Mass was held in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
The following sisters professed their perpetual vows:
- Sister Maria Aeiparthenos Berry, SSVM (from Illinois, serving the Novitiate St. Kateri Tekakwitha)
- Sister Marie Notre Dame de Bon Secours Casadaban, SSVM (from Louisiana, serving in the Archdiocese of Washington Pontifical Mission Society and graduate student at the Catholic University of America)
- Sister Mariam al Habiba Ghattas, SSVM (from Alexandria, Egypt, contemplative sister of the Monastery of St. Edith Stein, Brooklyn, NY)
- Sister Maria Porta Coeli Harper, SSVM (from Maryland, missionary in Iceland)
- Sister Marya Krolowa Polski Borokowski Medina (from Canada, missionary in Peterborough, Canada)
- Sister Maria in Inatztin Moreno (from Mexico and Pennsylvania, missionary in Bridgeport, Connecticut)
This year we were honored to have a relic of the True Cross belonging to the Shrine placed beside the image of Our Lady of Luján during the Mass. Truly we wish to imitate Mary, faithfully loving Christ unto His death, His death on the cross. For we know that everything that touches the Cross is made fruitful, for from the wood of the cross came forth our redemption. Ave Crux, Spes Unica! “Hail Cross, the Only Hope!”
UP-COMING PROFESSIONS OF VOWS in OCTOBER
At the Precious Blood Monastery in Borough Park, Brooklyn
A double celebration will take place on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the Precious Blood Monastery in Borough Park, Brooklyn: the 125th Anniversary of the Monastery founded by the Sister Adorers of the Precious Blood and the perpetual vows of our Filipina contemplative Sister Maria Ina Ng Awa, SSVM (“Our Lady of Peace” in Tagalog) of the SSVM community of the Monastery of St. Edith Stein. The Holy Mass will be held at 11:00am and celebrated by the Most Reverend Bishop Octavio Cisneros, Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn. The Monastery is located at 5400 Fort Hamilton Parkway, Brooklyn, NY. Please pray for this center of contemplative life in the midst of the city, and for Sister Awa. For more information or to RSVP (by September 25), please call 718-233-2877. Invitation for October 3
In St. Louis Park, Minnesota
Another Minnesota vocation will return to her home state for her profession in October. A missionary in Santa Clara, California, Sister Maria Nikopoia Klobe, SSVM will make her final vows in a Mass at Holy Family Catholic Church in Saint Louis Park, Minnesota on Saturday, October 17th at 10:00am. Please pray for her. For more information or to RSVP (by October 3): 408-988-4160 / e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
With Saint John Paul II in Washington, DC
As we all gather on Thursday, October 22nd for the feast of St. John Paul II, spiritual father of our Religious Family, two sister will be making their perpetual profession: Sister Mary Our Lady of Auriesville Pennefather, SSVM (from Virginia, missionary in Bridgeport, CT) and Sister Maria Aurora Salutis Gonzalez, SSVM (from Puerto Rico, missionary in Avondale, PA). The Mass will be held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception at 2:00pm. Please pray for these two sisters especially through the intercession of St. John Paul the Great, and for the fruits of the Year of Consecrated Life. For more information or to RSVP please contact 202-543-2064.
We give thanks to God for the grace of religious vocations to our Religious Family. Every time a young woman hears the call to religious life and gives herself entirely to the Lord it is a singular miracle. Let us never stop praying for vocations and expecting God to the impossible if He only let Him! Our Lady of Luján, Mother of our Vocations, pray for us!