Prayers for a First Profession – UPDATED

Sr. Rose Marie, the young Passionist nun who so charmingly invites people to pray about their vocations in this video will be making her first profession of vows tomorrow, with this very joyful community. Let’s pray for her on the eve of her big day!

My understanding is that Passionists take an additional vow — one of enclosure — and that they receive their ring at first profession rather than at final profession. It will be interesting to check the Passionist blog after the event and learn about their rituals.

It is very interesting to me
that their enclosure is demonstrated in chapel, not by grilles but by the water channel you can see at the start of Sister Rose Marie’s video.

The baptismal font is the origin of a water channel flowing down the middle of the nave toward he altar. This provides the material separation necessary to set off the cloistered side of the chapel from the space reserved for guests. The use of baptismal water is a symbol of our oneness in Christ. It shows that although the vocation of the Passionist Nuns sets them apart for the full-time ministry of prayer in a private, cloistered area, they are not cut off from their brothers and sisters in the world.

The design of the water channel permits a more visible presence of the Nuns while safeguarding the privacy of the cloister. It also enables them to invite guests to participate more fully in their liturgical prayer. The water channel is animated by natural light coming from a continuous skylight above.

Related: Passion, Passion, Passion
Prayers for Vocations

UPDATE: Fr. Steve sends news of two Salesian ordinations!

And…84 YEARS in the cloister!

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  • momor

    Not to derail the thread, but I noticed at the end of the video that the allowed ages are 18 to 40. This young age cut-off is so common among the orders of nuns and I realize they are reluctant to take on women who are older and will soon be more expensive to support. But contrast that with the article over on Deacons Bench about the 58 yr old former policeman and divorced father who was just ordained a priest (obviously after much financial support from his diocese.)

    There are certainly far fewer opportunities for late-in-life vocations for women than for men. Too bad since women are often widowed younger than men, while they still have lot’s of time left to devote to prayer and good works. I think we need more diocesan support of women religious.

  • Young Canadian RC Male

    I am wondering, is enclosure this only for the nuns? I ask because I once had a visiting Passionist father from Italy come to my parish one summer and he didn’t seem to need enclosure. As a small point I find it a little hypocritical that the passionist nuns need to be enclosed while the male priests dont. Then again, if the priests were enclosed they’d only be able to do sacraments from convents/monasteries then wouldn’t they?

    [enclosure is a monastic privilege, not a deprivation. It is undertaken willingly as an aid to prayer. It is not to keep the nuns locked in, but to keep us locked out, just as a gate surrounds a power plant. A monastery is a power house of prayer. Passionist priests and Dominican priests are formed for evangelization that is borne omission work. Passionist and Dominican nuns are formed for the same, borne of prayer, enclosed for concentration A woman who is called to religious life but not to contemplation has many many active communities to choose from, so you see there is really no need to be indignant on a cloistered nun's behalf. She wants her enclosure. And btw, there are enclosed men, too...the Carmelite monks of Wyoming are enclosed! -admin]

  • Elizabeth Scalia

    Momor, age restrictions vary from community to community, and most houses are willing to make exceptions from time to time if they feel this is what the Holy Spirit is directing. Visitation nuns are very open to late vocations and sometimes have novices in their 60′s and 70′s, ditto some Carmels and Benedictine houses. The reason for the restriction is simply a communities choice made via their own experience. A cloistered life under obedience at an advanced age is a true challenge. I know of several orders, both active and contemplative, that will not accept women with living children, even if the are adults, b/c the maternal urge leaves them so divided.

  • Jeanne

    Thank you for this post this morning! Such a joyful way to start the day!

  • Max Lindenman

    I love the Passionists, for two reasons:

    1) They got Oscar Wilde. While the great playwright lay dying at the Hotel Alsace, Robbie Ross ordered up Fr. Cuthbert Dunne, C.P., like a hock and seltzer.

    2) Their emblem wuold make a great tattoo.

    What more does anyone need?


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