Solemn Profession of Sr. Maria Teresa of the Sacred Heart, OP
On Saturday, September 6th, Sr. Maria Teresa made her Solemn Profession in the hands of our prioress, Sr. Mary Martin. Although the day promised to hit the 90s, the heat in the chapel could have been worse and the storms held off until after the reception had ended. The sanctuary was filled to capacity with our auxillary Bishop Manuel Cruz, 7 priests, 2 deacons, an MC, and 4 servers! Frs. Peter Martyr Yungwirth, OP, Richard Jasztrzebski, OP, Cajetan Cuddy, OP, Sebastian White, OP, Benedict Croell, OP, John Vidmar, OP, and Rev. Msgr. Gerard McCarren concelebrated with Rev. Brs. Philip Neri Reese, OP and John Maria Devaney, OP as deacons. Richard Sofie, (a lay dominican) served along with two of Sister's cousins, Zachary and Mark, and Louis, a volunteer and friend of the monastery. Br. Clement Dickie, OP acted as Master of Ceremonies, reminding everyone of what came next and where to go when!
Many of sister's friends and family were able to attend the ceremony and reception, including our good friends the Hubers. Corey and Katherine Huber founded the Mater Ecclesiae Fund for Vocations which issued Sr. Maria Teresa a grant to cover her student loan debt, making it possible for sister to answer God’s call and enter the monastery! Many others joined the celebration “virtually” through our live-streaming of the event (which unfortunately cut out half-way through the Litany of the Saints!). Sister’s good friend from college was unable to attend but was able to be present from Scotland virtually via an app on a friend’s iPhone!