Yesterday we had the joy of welcoming Clare Therese Wong as she entered the monastery to begin her postulancy. Sr. Clare comes to us all the way from Singapore and worked as a radiographer before beginning her monastic adventure.
We gathered in the chapter hall right before Rosary & Vespers to lead our newest member into the enclosure. As our prioress, Sr. Mary Martin, led Sr. Clare through the enclosure door the community led the way, processing to choir while chanting Psalm 122. Sr. Mary Martin showed Sr. Clare to her choir stall and, after a reading by our novice mistress, Sr. Mary Catharine, Sr. Mary Martin led a prayer asking for God's blessings on our newest postulant. We closed by singing the Salve, and then made our way to the community room where we greeted Sr. Clare.
Our golden retriever, Sabina, knew something was up so she let herself upstairs and greeted the procession as the sisters entered choir. Spotting Sr. Clare when she came out of choir, Sabina gave her an ebullient greeting. Clearly she approves. After supper the novitiate trekked outside for the traditional "novitiate" photos. For a brief time we have a "balanced" novitiate, with two postulants and two novices, as our postulant Sr. Aisling will be receiving the habit and beginning her novitiate on Our Lady's birthday, September 8th.
Please keep Sr. Clare in your prayers!