ALTON — The Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George will celebrate the first profession of four novices and the reception into the novitiate of three postulants during holy Mass at 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 2 and the final profession of six junior sisters during holy Mass at 10 a.m. on Aug. 3. The split ceremonies are due to the safe distancing requirements of the COVID-19 pandemic. Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will be the main celebrant of both Masses, held at St. Mary Catholic Church in Alton.
The sisters to be final professed are Sister M. Lucy Gantt, Sister Karol Marie Baumgarten, Sister Teresa Maria Leis, Sister Mary Francis Goodson, Sister M. Caterina Vola, and Sister M. Gemma Kissel. The novices making first profession are Sister M. Rose Thomas Weighner, Sister M. Cecilia Abbadessa, Sister Mary James Becker, and Sister Peter Marie Tran. Receiving the habit, veil and new religious names are Clare Kennedy (Sister M. Veronica), Gabrielle Burnham (Sister Bethany Marie), and Sidney Ramaekers (Sister M. Magnificat).
You can watch the Masses live at altonfranciscans.org/feastday.