The Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration in Mishawaka, Ind., celebrated the days surrounding the Feast of St. Clare with great solemnity, as they witnessed several young women taking their next step in religious life.
On Aug. 10, 2011, four young women were admitted to the novitiate after completing a year of postulancy. During the investiture ceremony, new brown habits were blessed by the chaplain and presented to the postulants by the Provincial Superior, Sister M. Angela, OSF. While the community sought the intercession of the Blessed Mother through the rosary, the new Sisters dressed in habits and white veils before returning to chapel to pray Midday Prayer. After this, the Provincial presented each new Sister with a crucifix, a copy of the Rule and Constitution of the community, Liturgy of the Hours book, and her new religious name.
Heidi Herber received the name Sister Maria Faustina of St. Joseph. She entered the community from St. Boniface Parish in Lafayette, Ind.
Alexa Richey was given the name Sister Mary Grace of St. Joseph. She comes from St Patrick Parish in Kokomo, Ind.
Jordan Henneberry will now be known as Sister M. Ignatia of St. Joseph. Hailing from St Anne, Mother of Mary Parish in Mexico, N.Y., she met the Sisters while studying at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Jessica Richardson received the name Sister M. Lucia of St. Joseph. Her family belongs to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Fort Wayne, Ind, where she met the Sisters at the University of St. Francis.
These sisters will spend the next two years growing in their relationship with Christ through prayer, studying about religious life and experiencing this through community life and the apostolate.
Thanks to Sister M. Ignatia, we pray for vocations for your diocese daily.
In Christ, Sister Margaret Mary, Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration