First Profession Highlights

On October 21, 2017, Sister Valerie Luckey made her intentions clear: "I ask that I may continue to seek God in this Benedictine community through first monastic profession."

“Today, Val is proclaiming that she has chosen to make this journey, this endeavor into the life and ways of Jesus, not by herself, but with others….as part of a group that is on the same search, with the same goals and values and under the same guides, namely the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Rule of Benedict,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. “We welcome Sister Valerie to continue on that path with us in a deeper and richer way; to respond in her ministry with the people of God to whom we are dedicated; to continue her dedication to our Benedictine hospitality, and to surrender her own self to God through prayer and every action of life itself.”

Sister Valerie expressed her desire to commit herself to God in and through the community of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie and professed the monastic vows of stability, obedience and fidelity to the monastic way of life for a period of three years. “Your commitment is now very public, Val‒you are a vowed member,” said Sister Anne. “We join you today as we recall our own vowed allegiance to a life greater than we could ever have had alone, to endeavors that we can do only as part of a committed group together, and to a lifetime of celebration and commitment in and through this monastic community.”

After signing her vow papers Sister Valerie received the community pin. She will continue in the initial monastic formation program under the guidance of Sister Diane Rabe, Scholastic Director. During this next period of formation Sister Valerie will be engaged in fulltime ministry while maintaining participation in the life and prayer of the community.

Sister Valerie, age 29, is from Emmaus, Pennsylvania. She graduated from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and was an elementary teacher of fourth grade in Philadelphia schools before entering the Benedictine Sisters of Erie. At the present time Sister Valerie is ministering at St. Benedict Child Development Center.

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