Little Sisters of the Poor, First Vows, July 2010
It’s that time of year again, when postulants receive the habit, novices take their first vows and some finally arrive at the long-hoped-for day of final profession. Above we see Sisters Amy Marie, Dara Catherine, Judith, and Maria Catherine four newly-professed Little Sisters of the Poor, just after making their first profession. Five new novices were also welcomed to the community in Queens, New York. Their photo album is here. And The Brooklyn Tablet has a great piece on them, too.
A quick glossary:
Aspirant: One who is formally discerning a vocation with a specific religious community.
Postulant: From the Latin postulare, meaning “to ask”; aspirant has asked to be admitted into the community to try his vocation
Novice: Postulant acquires the habit (if one is worn) and possibly a new name-in-religion, and takes first steps within the community during this period of intense study and formation. Novice may leave (or be asked to leave) at any point as discernment continues.
Temporary Professed (aka “Junior” or “first-vowed): Community and novice have discerned that this person and this community seem to be right for each other. Temporary vows are made, sometimes renewable at specific periods. Formation and discernment continue. Separation from the community is still possible.
Final Profession/Full Profession: The community member makes vows “for all of my life,” to serve God within the community.
Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist: keep scrolling down for slideshows of first profession, final profession and clothings; they have a big group of new postulants due soon.
Benedictine Nuns: scroll down for novitiate news
Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus: novices and first vows
Lockport Dominicans: two new postulants
Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration (Our Lady of the Angels Monastery) has begun a blog. Scroll down to see their four new novices and one newly professed.
Missionary Benedictines: newly professed
Panhandle Franciscans: First Vows
Missionary Sisters of St. Benedict: new novice pics
8 Jesuits: making first vows (pdf)
Benedictines of St. Walburga Abbey: A first profession
6 New Novices, Sisters of Life
Rock Island Benedictines: a 37 Year Discernment
Sinsinawa Dominicans: first and final professions
Trappist Nuns, Massachusetts: first profession
Salesian Sisters: keep scrolling
Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George: August 15th is their big day, with vows and clothings.
Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church: Four new novices
Nashville Dominicans; always the last to put their stuff up, so keep watching. I think they have nearly 30 postulants expected in September.
I feel like I’m forgetting many, but I’m sure they’ll let me know about it if I am! Don’t forget to check out the word of the day!