Sr. Mary Pauline of the Holy Spirit, O.P.!
Sr. Mary Christine, Sr. Mary Pauline, and Sr. Mary Margaret
We had a festive day all day (well, we worked in between times) with delicious meals, a beautiful ceremony, and a fun tea party in the novitiate.
Breakfast in the refectory
Sister’s place mat, with art by aspirant Michelle and lettering by Sr. Maria Goretti. When we saw it, some of us were sure her name would have something to do with Fatima! (It didn’t–she just has a devotion to Our Lady.)
Sr. Marie Augustine busy in the kitchen preparing our dinner
The ceremony was held at 10:30 AM in the Chapter Hall. Since Sr. Mary Pauline is a finally professed religious, she will wear our black veil (even though this year is her constitutional novitiate year, as we explained in a previous post).
Sister received her new habit from Sr. Mary Margaret, and she left to change, with Sr. Mary Christine’s help.
We waited expectantly as Sister left to get dressed in our habit, and returned.
We each gave her the kiss of peace, still wondering, “What will her name be??”
As we finished singing “Ubi caritas”, Sister came to the center for the moment of truth.
Finally, it came!
She was clearly thrilled to hear her new name–and so were we!
We have a tradition where the sisters make guesses about a novice’s new name, and the box was conveniently placed outside the community room. Sr. Mary Margaret brought it to the ceremony and entertained us by reading the guesses afterwards.
Interestingly, a number of sisters guessed the mystery would be the Holy Spirit…but no one guessed Pauline (or even Paul)!
The novitiate sisters decorated Sr. Mary Pauline’s cell so elaborately that she had to move to the cell next door for a while.
After dinner, the professed sisters came over for a tea party, where we watched Sr. Mary Pauline open her gifts and drank tea and had homemade cookies. Sr. Maria Goretti even entertained us on the accordion! It was an afternoon we will long remember.
Please pray for our three novitiate sisters, and for Sr. Mary Christine, our novice directress, and Sr. Marie Augustine, who helps out. They would like to have more companions–and we would, too. Pray also for their perseverance!