Primeras Profesiones

First professions in different parts of the world

On October 15, the day the Church celebrates the memory of Saint Teresa of Jesus, Patroness of the International Juniorate based in Bagnoregio, Italy, sisters Maria Tapeine, Maria Serva del Signore and Maria Flos Primus Ecclesiae, made their first vows in the Church “San Francisco” annexed to the Juniorate. The Holy Mass was presided by Father Tomás Bonello, IVE and many sisters from the Province of Italy and the relatives of the newly professed were present.

On October 22, the day which we celebrate Saint John Paul II, the Spiritual Father of our Religious Family, the contemplative sisters María Madre del Crucificado and María Paraíso de los Mártires professed their first vows in the monastery ” San Pablo de las Clarisas” in Tuscania. The Holy Mass was presided by Fr. Carlos Pereira, IVE and present, in addition to the relatives and friends of the Sisters, were M. María Virgen Blanca, Provincial Superior, as well as the apostolic novices and some sisters from the Juniorate.

In Ecuador, 8 sisters professed their religious vows for the first time on October 30. The Holy Mass was celebrate at the parish “Nuestra Señora del Rosario” and was presided by Fr. Jorge Montagna, Provincial Superior of the IVE.

In the United States, 11 sisters made their first profession of religious vows on November 1. The ceremony took place at the “National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception” in Washington DC, and was presided by Fr. Alberto Barattero, Provincial Superior of the IVE.

On November 16, Sister Maria Verzegelde Bron made her first profession of vows in Wageningen, Holland. The Holy Mass was presided over by his Eminence Cardinal Willem Jacobus Eijk, Archbishop of Utrecht.

At the Kevelaer Shrine, in Germany, Sister Maria Trost der Betrübten professed her first religious vows on November 19.  The Holy Mass was presided by Fr. Andreas Schmidt, IVE, missionary in the Netherlands.

We thank God for all our sisters who professed their vows and we pray for their perseverance.