The Friars celebrated the solemn profession of Sr. Mary Gabriella on March 19, the Solemnity of St. Joseph, at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, AL.
After renewing simple vows for five years, the nun may request to be admitted to solemn profession. During this rite of the Church, the Sister petitions to be received by the Church and to be allowed to dedicate her entire life to prayer and the service of God’s people through the living of the Gospel’s evangelical counsels. She prostrates beneath a pall during the litany of the Saints – dying to the world and to herself so as to live for the rest of her life in and for Christ. She then vows to live her entire life in obedience, without property, and in chastity. Following her definitive promise, the Church in the person of the Bishop or celebrant, receives her and consecrates her to God through a solemn blessing. She is then given a wedding ring, the sign of her marriage with Christ the Bridegroom. From then on, she is commissioned to pray the Liturgy of the Hours on behalf of God’s People and to devote herself to Perpetual Adoration, sacrifice and prayer for the world. So begins the life of a PCPA, which continues to grow through conversion until the last day of her earthly life where she meets her Spouse face to Face.
Please remember Sr. Mary Gabriella in your prayers!