Last December, I had the privilege of attending the first profession of Sister Mary Magdalene of the Immaculate Conception, OP. I don’t know if I will ever forget how powerfully resonant was her quiet but obvious deep and joy as she received her black veil. I have seldom encountered such a punch of supernatural serenity.
Just six months later, the Dominican Nuns of Summit, NJ are celebrating again as another young nun pronounces her first vows and becomes Sister Mary Cecilia of the Annunciation, OP. She looks so happy! I wish I could have made it to NJ!
The OP, of course, stands for Order of Preachers, founded by Saint Dominic. While a Dominican nun typically receives her name-in-religion at the time of her clothing in the habit, (you can read more about that, here) her formal profession of vows brings with it the identifier.
Since we’re on the subject:
The Norbertine Nuns (of the incredible Christmas wreaths!) are growing like wildfire and breaking ground on a badly-needed new building (pdf). They’re seeking assistance.
The Passionist Nuns in Whitesville KY (who have lovely retreat lodgings that I long to visit) will be gaining a new postulant next week.
The Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Clyde, MO recently welcomed a new postulant
The Benedictines of Mary added two new postulants (pdf) and welcomed another aspirant. I understand four of their young nuns made their first professions a few weeks ago, but have no link to that, yet.
Two Carmelites of the Sacred Heart clothed in March. This order clothes its novices when they are only a few months from first vows.
Little Sisters of the Poor: it’s not time for vocation news but I love them and love this photo!
UPDATE: Missed this earlier: Canossian Sister Lisa Doty (who has written for Patheos here and here and here) is profiled in this magazine article, starting on page 18, on the “new mission” of the internet.