This time of year I generally put together a huge “Vocation Round-up” and give news of vows and clothings and entrances. Here we go.
First, the Grandma Nun:
When Sister Shirley Shafranek makes her final profession of vows as a Catholic nun Sunday morning, two of her grandchildren will be gift bearers at the Mass.
The 59-year-old mother of three and grandmother of five will become the first grandmother ever to join the Sisters of St. Francis of Tiffin as a nun and the first mother since Elizabeth Schaeffer, who co-founded the religious order in 1869.
“The call was always within me but I chose to ignore it for a while,” Sister Shirley said in an interview last week.
In Romans, last Sunday, St. Paul told us: “. . . the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.” Along with the growth in young vocations, I’m reading lots of stories about these “delayed” vocations — older women and men responding to a call they heard in their youth. The call is irrevocable.
The news for 2011 is the clear increase in numbers to these classes of postulants, novices and juniors.
The Carmelites Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus: celebrated a solemn profession (with two more earlier in the year), two first professions and received seven new novices. Seems they have a huge postulant class coming in, too.
The Nashville Dominicans clothed, I think 24 new novices and professed 15, with (I think) 7 final professions, too. But they haven’t updated, so I don’t know for sure. The blog attached to the Fund for Vocations has a little photo essay
A rare glimpse of a Carmelite postulant
UPDATE: Sr. Lisa Marie highlights vows of poverty, chastity and obedience for more than a combined 240 years!
Not forgetting the men!:
Dominican Friars: Solemn Profession
Dominican Friars, Simple Profession
Dominican Friars, Novice
Dominican simple professions
Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word
Cistercian Final Profession
Abbey of St. Walburga
Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Sisters of St. Dorothy
Dominican Sisters of the Immaculate Conception
School Sisters of Christ the King
Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist
Franciscan Sisters Perpetual Adoration