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Alton Franciscans to celebrate sisters’ professions, welcome postulant

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Feast Day August 2017 coALTON — The Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George will celebrate the profession of final vows, first vows and the reception into the novitiate of several sisters during Mass at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 2.

Three junior professed sisters will make their final profession of vows, three novices will make their first profession of vows and one postulant will be received into the novitiate.

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will be the main celebrant of the Mass, celebrated at Immaculate Conception (St. Mary) Church, Alton. He will be joined by other bishops and priests.

The juniors who will make their final profession are Sister Mariela Stodden, daughter of Frank and DeDe Stodden of Kansas City, Mo.; Sister M. Bernadette Morse, daughter of Kathryn Morse of Bancroft, Iowa, and Kenneth Morse of Eagle Grove, Iowa; and Sister M. Isabella Erb, daughter of Todd and Amy Erb of York, Penn.

The novices who will make their first profession are Sister John Mary Rainey, daughter of Dennis and Linda Rainey of Kennett, Mo.; Sister M. Philomena Cagandahan, daughter of Crisostomo and Gracia Cagandahan of Richmond, Texas; and Sister Mary Joseph Kneemiller, daughter of Robert and Elaine Kneemiller of St. Charles, Mo.

The postulant who will be received into the novitiate and receive her new religious name is Anna O’Connor (Sister M. Clare), daughter of James and Cynthia O’Connor of Hopewell Junction, N.Y.

A reception for the sisters will take place from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Suddes Hall, directly behind the church.

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