Sunday, 03 March 2019 00:23

Bishop Paprocki presides at first profession Mass

Sisters of St. Francis Martyrs new noviceALTON — The Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George celebrated the first profession of a novice during Mass at 10 a.m. on Feb. 2.

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki was the main celebrant of the Mass, held at St. Francis Convent in Alton. He was joined by several local and visiting priests.

Sister M. Maris Stella Larkin made her first profession of vows. She is the daughter of Dennis and Jean Larkin of Overland Park, Kan. Following high school, she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. Before entering the congregation in September 2015, she taught high school for four years, did mission work in Belize, and then worked in parish/youth ministry. She will continue in the apostolate as a nurses’ aide at OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center in Alton.