On August 2nd, Sr. Mary Anthony of the Most Holy Eucharist professed Final Vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience with the Franciscan Sisters of Christ the Divine Teacher. The profession of Final Vows comes after years of formation and perseverance in prayer. Sr. Mary Anthony first came to the Franciscan Sisters as Jennifer Marie Worrell in February of 2009. Since then Sr. Anthony has grown in her relationship with Christ through all the stages of formation.
Postulancy, Novitiate, First Vows, and Temporary Vows are progressive stages meant to solidify a young woman's choice of vocation until she can give her eternal "yes" to Jesus Christ as his bride at Final Profession. The eternal "yes" is one of the reasons why Religious Life is not considered one of the Seven Sacraments. The Seven Sacraments are temporary, meant to give us grace on our earthly pilgrimage and will pass away when we reach heaven. Religious Life, however, through the perpetual profession of the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience creates a new and eternal bond between the soul and her God. The enormity of this new relationship is the reason why there are years of formation before a person can so consecrate themselves to God.
May the entire Church rejoice in the "yes" of her Religious brothers and sisters.
(Read the article that features Sr. M. Anthony's Profession from The Catholic Messenger here.)