CELEBRATION OF PERPETUAL PROFESSION
On February 1, 2015, Sister Gillian Angela Marie and Sister Yvette Marie celebrated their final vows as Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother. Both young women have given their lives totally to the Lord to serve in the vineyard of the Lord all of their lives. Similar to the marriage vows of a husband and wife, Sister Gillian and Sister Yvette said to the Community of the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother: “unto death do us part.”
In Sister Gillian’s own words, published in the community’s Feb. 6th’s newsletter, Passages: “The Liturgy of the Word—the word became flesh in me and also in all those participating with me.” As Sister Yvette and she were called forth to profess their vows, she writes: “The Calling Forth—[An] expression of free work of God. I am presented to the Church. At this stage, I am perfectly ready for final vows—my choice to follow Christ as a SSM.” Commenting on the Litany that is prayed prior to their profession of vows, she writes: “Litany—two strong actions—Prostrating expressed our humility that we can do nothing without our Lord. We call upon the saints to help us in living this life. The Church on earth asks the Church in Heaven to pray for us. Prayer is powerful. By prostrating, I am saying my life is in God’s hands. Reciting the formula [of the vows]—Action of God in the celebration, the decision to live life in fraternity.” Sister Yvette and she, while professing their vows, place their hand in the hand of our superior General. Sister Gillian writes: “I give my hands to the superior and the superior welcomes me. This action is my choice to be part of SSM forever.”
To what is God calling you?