Novice Kathleen McCarthy makes her First Monastic Profession

The first profession made by Novice Kathleen McCarthy at Vigil Prayer on March 15 coincided with the death anniversary of Benedicta Riepp, the young leader of the first Benedictine sisters in America who, with courage and fortitude, brought and adapted European monastic life to this new, emerging country. “The simple beginnings culminated with the establishment of 50 monasteries, including our own in 1856,” explained Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. “What a wonderful day to profess a commitment that has been emulated by Benedictine women through the ages in the United States as a result of the vision of Benedicta Riepp.”

Sister Kathleen professed stability, obedience and fidelity to the monastic way of life with the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, for a period of three years. She received the Erie Benedictine pin as a sign of her commitment. With this profession she enters the Scholasticate, the third stage of initial monastic formation. She will continue her study of the monastic way of life and discern a permanent commitment guided by Sister Diane Rabe, Scholastic Director, while also engaging in full time.

Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Sister Kathleen was part of the L’Arche community in Erie for many years before moving to L’Arche Calgary, Canada where she spent the 16 years preceding her entrance into the community. She Kathleen will now be in fulltime ministry with Erie Homes for Children and Adults (EHCA) as a Direct Support Professional in their Options Program.

“The sincerity with which Sister Kathleen has embraced monastic life gives the community reason to be deeply joyful,” said Sister Marilyn Shauble, Novice Director of Sister Kathleen. “We are blessed.”

Click on the arrow to view the slide show of the First Profession. Click here to read Sister Anne’s reflections.

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