August 15th dawned bright and clear, almost as sunshiny as the joy radiating from the face of Sr. Frances Marie as she eagerly awaited the afternoon’s Mass and her consecration as the newest Bride of Jesus Crucified. We were joined for this blessed occasion by many of Sister’s family and friends from her hometown in upstate New York, along with her grandparents who trekked down from Michigan. Bishop William Medley of Owensboro, KY presided at the Holy Sacrifice and concelebrating were Fr. Brad Milunski, OFM, Conv. (whose homily we recently shared), Msgr. Bernard Powers, Fr. Joseph Mills, and Fr. Richard Powers.
Sr. Frances Marie’s whole family assisted at Mass in various ways. Jude and Abram read the beautiful scriptures for the Solemnity of Our Lady’s Assumption, Sam and Matthew were altar servers, and Br. Emmanuel, OFM, Conv. made an excellent Master of Ceremonies. Her parents and grandparents participated in the offertory procession, symbolically offering their beloved daughter and granddaughter to the Lord along with the bread and wine presented for the Eucharistic sacrifice.
Below are a number of photos from the Mass (all taken by our friend Larena Lawson – grazie mille!). Click on them to view the entire photo with captions.
Our Lady made her maternal presence felt in so many ways on this glorious feast.
Sam lights the altar candles before Mass.
Sr. Cecilia Maria and Emily (on a live-in experience at the monastery) playing preludes with Sr. Catherine Marie on organ
“Little” Matthew carrying the cross in the entrance procession
The Mass begins – Fr. Joseph Mills follows the servers
(L to R) Fr. Brad Milunski, OFM, Conv., Msgr. Bernard Powers, and Fr. Richard Powers
Bishop William Medley
Jude reads from the Book of Revelation
Abram reads from 1st Corinthians
“Lord, you have called me. Behold, I come to do your will”
Sister kneels before the superior to profess her five vows – the Passion Vow, Chastity, Poverty, Obedience, and Enclosure
Sr. Frances Marie professes her vows into the hands of Mother John Mary, CP
“Receive this veil which proclaims that you belong entirely to Christ…”
The Passion Sign is placed as a seal on her heart
The ring of a spouse of Christ Crucified, the eternal king
A kiss for the Bridegroom
“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me…”
Sister Frances Marie wears the crown of her Beloved
Offertory procession of Sr. Frances Marie with her novice directress, Sr. Mary Veronica, parents, Matt & Mary, and grandparents, Phil and Doris
Sister’s proud parents, Matt and Mary
Grandparents Phil and Doris, with friends of Sr. Frances Marie in the background
Bishop Medley incenses the gifts upon the altar
The newly-professed in prayer
Giving the kiss of peace to her father…
Bishop Medley and Sr. Frances Marie after Mass
The Wenke Family (L to R) Brother Emmanuel, Abram, Mary, Sr. Frances Marie, Matthew, Sr. Frances Marie, Matt, Jude, and Sam.
Sr. Frances Marie with grandparents, Phil and Doris
After the Mass was a reception prepared by our devoted Passionist Oblates, and Sr Frances Marie with the community greeted many friends and family members in the parlor. Here are some snapshots of the festivities! (Most taken by Larena Lawson, a few taken by the nuns themselves)
Reception refreshments loving prepared by the Passionist Oblates
Theresa K. (a Passionist discerner!) with sisters, Zoe and Ingrid, and friend Maggie
Friends of the community, Doug and Adele, brought their ten young children to the profession – here’s Sr. Frances Marie with some of the girls
Dwayne Roby, our frequent Mass server, congratulates Sr. Frances Marie.
Some of Sr. Frances Marie’s brothers and friends from New York
Sr. Elizabeth Grace, SV happened to be in town at the time of Sr. Frances Marie’s profession, and helped a great deal with the reception.
Sr. Frances Marie with her father, Matt (and Sr. Catherine Marie peeking around the back!)
Sr. Frances Marie greets Fr. Brad Milunski, the homilist at the Profession Mass
Sr. Mary Andrea’s mother, Carol, came down from Indiana for Sr. Frances Marie’s first profession
Theresa and her sisters greeting Sr. Frances Marie
Sr. Frances Marie gets a big hug from a little cousin
Sr. Frances Marie with her friend Liz (right) and Liz’s college classmate, Maria (center)
Sr. Frances Marie with her brothers, Liz, and the Cygan family
Finally, two bonus pictures for you: the cake we served at dinner to honor Our Lady and the newly-professed, and our three junior professed Sisters. Please join us in praying for many young women to answer the call of the Crucified Bridegroom to follow Him in Passionist Life!
A butter pecan cake with an inscription befitting the Blessed Mother and a Bride of Christ
Sr. Cecilia Maria, Sr. Frances Marie, and Sr. Lucia Marie, our juniorate members