Memories of a glorious celebration: Sister Patricia's Perpetual Monastic Profession

“Today we witness the profession of a woman who is responding to the constant call of God,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress, on the occasion of the Perpetual Monastic Profession of Sister Patricia Witulski, OSB. “For a woman whose life is about seeking God, perpetual monastic vows become the capstone of that life.” With this understanding and desire Sister Patricia made her perpetual monastic commitment to the vows of stability, conversion of life, and obedience, on October 7, 2017.

The solemn ceremony took place in the chapel at Mount St. Benedict Monastery. The celebration began with the entrance procession and the ancient monastic tradition of statio which also serves as a way for the monastic community, to lead Sister Patricia into the celebration and ritualize promise of the community to accompany her on her lifelong journey of seeking God.

Sister Patricia received a profession candle which she lit from the Paschal Candle to reflect a deepening of the commitment made at her baptism where a candle was given to represent the life of the new Christian receiving the light of faith. After the profession of vows, the vow document was signed at the altar by Sister Patricia and Sister Anne. Sister Patricia sang the suscipe, the ancient song of monastic self-offering: “Uphold me, O God, according to your word, and I shall live, and do not fail me in my hope,” and then received the traditional Benedictine ring as a symbol of her total commitment to God and to the Benedictine life.

Perpetual Profession is lifelong commitment to faithfulness to the journey of seeking God and gospel living in this community through the promises of stability, conversion of life and obedience. View a photo recap of this very beautiful and moving occasion by clicking on the arrow to begin the slide show.

Click here to read the reflections given by Sister Anne Wambach, prioress.