Yesterday morning, on the Solemnity of our Holy Father Dominic, Sr. Maria Johanna of Our Lady of Grace made her First Profession in the hands of Sr. Denise Marie, delegate of our prioress Sr. Mary Martin. It was a joyous event for our community and also for the many friends and family who attended the ceremony. It was a great blessing that most of Sister's large family was able to make the trip down from Canada to attend, all save one of her nine siblings.
Sr. Maria Johanna's profession retreat coincided with the community's annual retreat which ended with just enough time (one day!) to prepare for the Profession. The afternoon before the big day Sr. Denise Marie, Sr. Joseph Maria (novice mistress), and Sr. Maria Johanna went over the rubrics of the Rite of Profession while Sr. Mary Catharine put the finishing touches on Sister's profession cake.
Below are three slideshows we hope you'll enjoy: the day before, the ceremony, and the reception.