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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Sr. John-Mark's 1st Profession of Vows

Yesterday, on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Sr. John-Mark Maria of St. Peter the Apostle became a professed Poor Clare of Perpetual Adoration.  

It was a simply splendid Mass - such JOY, just pure joy.  Fr. Don Kline (Sr. John-Mark's cousin) celebrated the Mass, with Fr. John Lankeit preaching the homily.  Other concelebrants included Fr. Eugene Florea, Fr. Matt Henry, Fr. John Muir, Fr. Paul Sullivan, and Fr. Theilo Ramirez.  Karen Williams and Roberta Klodt provided help with the music.  The Ladies of Solitude prepared a delicious reception for everyone.  

Sr. John-Mark's parents, 2 aunts, and friend Bonnie flew in from OH for the occasion.  The Church was nearly filled to capacity with friends from near and far.  A large group from St. Henry's in Buckeye was present, along with a great show of students and friends from ASU.  Old friends and new joined us as Sister publicly professed her Vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience as an Extern Sister.  

Below is a video of some of the highlights that we captured on film.  More pics will follow.  Our good friend and photographer, Rita Lee, had camera in hand - so be sure to check back soon to see her shots.

The only 'glitch' of the day was the weather.  It was an uncharacteristic cold, rainy, windy winter day in AZ.  However, despite the fact that the tables and chairs for our outdoor reception were blown all over the place as Mass went on, the glitch really wasn't a glitch at all.  You see, it's a long standing tradition that the Lord upholds that when one of the PCPAs is professed or invested, it rains.  Mother often said that it was a sign of all the graces being poured down upon the Church and the world.  If that is the case, then let me tell you...Yesterday was a truly GRACE-LADEN day.  As I watched the rain come pouring down, I could only say to the Lord: "Yep, it's Your Tradition!"  I felt a bit like Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof as he sang: TRADITION...TRADITION!  

The sun kept trying to peak out of the clouds, but only succeeded to do so as Sister John-Mark professed her Vows.  We didn't see this from the Mass Choir, but what we heard from 'the people in the pews' is that as Sister said the words of her Profession formula, a ray of sunlight came bursting in through the stained glass windows.  Yes, the Son was shining!  

Our congrats to Sr. John-Mark Maria!  - to a radiant, committed, zealous bride of Christ...congratulations!

22 comments:

Esther said...

Congratulations, Sister John-Mark!!! I got chills watching that.

DTan said...

Absolutely beautiful day! Very well done video and blog entry! You are getting quite good at this. :)

Anonymous said...

I couldn't wait to see the pictures and/or video. What a glorious day!
Congratulations to you and all the Sisters on your First Profession. I know they did a wonderful job of forming you as a PCPA, and yes, the formation continues! Blessings to you.

Anonymous said...

beautiful that you share your joy of the lord with us in this wonderful way.....the roses of Guadalupe were really falling before you!

Anonymous said...

May God bless you always and keep you for ever in in light, may you preserver as the years pass. Congratulations to You and all the Sister at Our Lady of Solitude!!

Anonymous said...

Sister John-Mark, we are blessed to be able to share by pictures the joy of your commitment to this beautiful life as a Bride of Christ. Your dedication as a community to pray for all of us will save us. Our world is so hungry for the love you show to the One who is our Salvation. May God continue His work in you. Thank you for your gift of self!

Anonymous said...

God bless you Sister John Mark..what a beautiful bride..you and all the sisters of pcpa are always in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Sister John Mark. May our Blessed Lord shower you with graces and love.

Anonymous said...

We have smiles on our faces and on our hearts that just won't go away........You are such a beautiful person and such a beautiful bride of Christ. Thank you for your YES Thank you for you LOVE! The entire church celebrates with you. We are sending you two really big hugs from Alabama.......and all of our love!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Sr. John-Mark and Community,

What a JOY and BLESSING that your vocations are responses are for the Church.

The video is amazing, thank you!

Anonymous said...

Uncle Joe, Let me just say,
AMEN

RedCat said...

May you continue to spread the fragrance and harmony of Jesus' love to others. You are truly a radiant bride of your heavenly Spouse.
Roberta

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Sister John-Mark Maria, on your Profession Day! You just radiated happiness!

Wonderful video-my eyes filled with tears of joy and I got goosebumps everywhere else! Can't wait to see the photos!

Great job all around, dear Sisters!

Barb in NY

The Catholic Sun said...

Beautifully captured. Thanks for letting us be a part of it too.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Sister! I'm just so happy for you! It must be awesome to have reached your goal. God bless you as you continue your formation!

Tim Gronek said...

Oh Joy! Congratulations Sister John-Mark Maria. This clip was a blessing for me to see. You are a bride of God now. Go forth and do His work as best you can.

Yours in Christ,

Tim Gronek

Anonymous said...

Congrats sister! Thank you for giving your
"all" for Jesus.

Anonymous said...

Sisters you are all so blessed to be God's brides. Sister John Mark, may you be blessed in the coming years, you sisters show us the true meaning of blessings we get each day through God. Thank you for letting us be a part of a very special day

Karen B said...

How wonderful that Sister John-Mark got to meet her fellow novices and Juniors in Alabama. God bless you all sisters. Karen in London UK

Anonymous said...

God is truly in us and with us every moment of all our lives,God Bless all the sisters in all they do for us.
Tony, CA

Anonymous said...

There is nothing more beautiful than a nun taking vows. Thank you sisters for your lives of service to the Lord and us.

Anonymous said...

Well done to Sister John Mark. What a wonderful community. The ceremony was so traditional, unique and beautiful. Saints of the Desert..God Bless You All..Eugene