Tuesday, September 13, 2011

SOLI Summer Celebrations!!

Hello friends! This has certainly been a busy, blessed, and joyous summer!

This past July, Sister Maria Faustina and Sister Mary Augustine attended the summer Vita Consecrata Institute (VCI) four week program of theological studies and spiritual renewal for religious offered at Christendom College, as a final preparation before Perpetual Vows . The sisters were blessed to have had the opportunity to meet His Eminence, Francis Cardinal Arinze, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, who was a guest lecturer for the class on Liturgy and the Consecrated Life.


On August 15th, Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the SOLI community celebrated together the Final Profession of our two sisters with great joy! The ceremony was most beautiful and the glowing faces of the two sisters reflected their immense excitement and gratitude in being called to give themselves completely to Our Lord Jesus as His spouses forever. We were grateful to have our dear friend, Bishop Matthew Ustrzycki, as the main celebrant for the Mass, and to see all the priests, seminarians, friends and family who came to share this wonderful day with our Community. A special thank you to Mr. Steven Strauss for his work in conducting the Schola made up of some of our own sisters and talented friends, whose Chants also added to the beauty of the ceremony.

So wonderful to have so many of our friend priests at the celebration!
The community sings "Be wise: make ready your lamps; behold the Bridegroom comes! Go out to meet Him!" and the sisters respond, "Now with all our hearts we follow you,  we reverence you and seek your presence.  Lord, fulfill our hope:  show us your loving kindness, the greatness of your mercy."
The ceremony was held in beautiful St. Clement's Church.
Bishop Ustrzycki with M.C. Father Wayne Lobsinger
Sister Mary Augustine receives her wedding ring!
Sister Maria Faustina receiving the Liturgy of the Hours in the ceremony.
Sister Mary Augustine signs her Vows.
Bishop Ustrzycki giving the homily.
The joyous brides as they make their way down the aisle after the Mass
Cut the cake!

We also had the joy this summer of receiving Shelby Glofcheski as a new postulant and Sister Margaret Mary (Rochelle) MacGrath as our newest Novice. Congratulations to everyone!
"Shelby, what do you desire?"   "I desire to become a candidate in the Community of the Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate, in order to prepare myself for religious consecration."

"Rochelle, as a sign of your dying to the world and entering into a new way of life in Christ as a Novice with the Sisters of
 Our Lady Immaculate, from now on you will be called Sister Margaret Mary."
Congratulations Shelby!
Congratulations Sister Margaret Mary!
Some of the SOLI Community together with Father Tim Higgins, who is so kind in offering Mass for us each week

2 comments:

  1. God bless, guide and protect this great community in providing much needed witness in this diocese, may it continue to grow. May our Blessed Mother especially protect the bless the newest members.

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  2. Sisters of Our Lady ImmaculateSeptember 26, 2011 at 10:33 PM

    Thank you for your prayerful support of our community as we strive to serve the Lord. May God reward you!

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