ALTON — “For the seven of you for whom we are gathered … may you see the words, actions, and symbols, … through that lens of your charism, and so serve as the guide for how you will live this next stage of your journey in religious life.”
With those words, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki challenged seven women who celebrated their professions of final vows, first vows and the reception into the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George on Aug. 2.
Bishop Paprocki was the main celebrant at Immaculate Conception (St. Mary) Church, in Alton and was joined by other bishops and priests including Cardinal Justin Rigali, archbishop-emeritus of Philadelphia and former archbishop of St. Louis.
The juniors who made 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 made 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.
One postulant who was received into the novitiate and given her new religious name is Anna O’Connor (Sister M. Clare), daughter of James and Cynthia O’Connor of Hopewell Junction, N.Y.