Saturday, January 21 was a day of great rejoicing for our community as Sr. Mary Therese of Divine Mercy, O.P. professed her solemn vows as a cloistered Dominican nun!
The chapel was decorated with Sister’s favorite color–pink.
Sr. Mary Therese seated up front, waiting for Mass to begin.
The Mass was celebrated by Fr. Robert Merced, O.P., provincial of St. Martin de Porres province, and the ceremony was conducted by Fr. Scott O’Brien, O.P., our community’s vicar. There were lots of Dominican priests present, as well as others! The novices from our province were able to come, too, which gave us a chance to meet them.
Sister’s two nieces…
read the first and second readings beautifully!
Sister prostrating herself during the Litany of the Saints
Sister Mary Therese made her vows in the hands of our prioress, Sr. Mary Margaret, O.P.
After Sister’s veil was blessed, she received her ring, symbol of her mystical marriage to Christ.
Presentation of the gifts
The Mass continued.
Sister greets her family…
and more family…
and more family! You can see three of Sister’s nephews to the right–they assisted at Mass.
Next, Sister greeted the community.
There was a fun reception afterward! Our guests mingled in this parlor, while Sister and her family gathered in another parlor.
Sister got to sit at the prioress’ table for the day!
On Sunday night, we had a special recreation and watched as Sister joyfully opened all the gifts she had received. Many will go back to the community but some she can keep!
If you would like to see the Mass and profession ceremony, please go to our website and click on “About Us” and go to “Videos and Blog”. We hope you will join us in praying for more vocations, to praise and serve and intercede before God for the whole world.