Franciscan Novices Named in Rite of Initiation into Religious Life

by Sister Julie Ann on June 12, 2011

On Pentecost Sunday, June 12, 2011, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity celebrated the Rite of Initiation into Religious Life.  Community Director, Sister Louise Hembrecht, conferred Religious Names on Sister Regina Rose (Karol Rose Pearson) and Sister Leslie (Leslie Hammond Gonia) at our Motherhouse in Manitowoc, WI.

The Holy Spirit’s fire of love and courage is very alive in our two new Franciscan Novices. Here’s a little more information about them:

Sister Regina Rose


Sister Leslie

Click here to read Sister Louise’s comments on the Reception of the new Novices.

As a Franciscan Community, we remember our birthdays and our feastdays every year first by praying for each other and also having simple celebrations. Those received into the Novitiate on any given year also choose a title to model their lives upon and a day to remember and celebrate their call to Religious Life. Sister Leslie and Sister Regina Rose chose ‘Lovers of the Word Incarnate’ as their title and Christmas as their day of reflecting on their call to the consecrated life.

As Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, we have much to celebrate! We invite you to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit within you and consider a discernment retreat with us!

20 thoughts on “Franciscan Novices Named in Rite of Initiation into Religious Life”

  1. Sister Anne Marie Lom says:

    I am so thankful I was able to attend this beautiful, simple ceremony receiving these two young women into our community. Now we step back and prayerfully support their process of Novitiate… leaning, growing, and living each day as a religious.

  2. Lindsey says:

    It is a joy to be able to see pictures from reception today. Know that you have been in my prayers all day. I am so excited for the two of you. Praise God for your response to Him. May your time as novices be full of grace and blessings. I am sure that all of Heaven is rejoicing with you today.

  3. Ssharon says:

    CONGRATULATIONS to you, Sr. Regina Rose and Sr. Leslie.  What a beautiful FEAST of PENTECOST to be received as a Novice into Religious Life and in our Congregation of Franciscan Srs. of Christian Charity.  You were remembered in prayer this A.M. at Office from afar in Nebraska.  Will be seeing YOU in person at the next Community Jubilarian Celebrations June 26th.  May the Spirit be always with you both!

  4. What a joy to celebrate this Pentecost Day of your Reception into the Novitiate Sister Regina Rose and Sister Leslie!!!! My prayers and love surround you both with the ever present life of the Holy Spirit so evident in each of you!

  5. SCaritas says:

    Lindsey, know that you, too, are in our prayers. The Spirit works in each of us in mysterious ways, ways we don't always understand. But I do know that, for some reason that will only be known in your heart and soul, God brought you here…for whatever His purpose in having you walk with us for the past year. As you continue to grow in openness to His will and plan in your life, His Spirit will fill you, strengthen you, guide you, untilyou are strong enough and ready for the next step in this profound journey He has set you on. On this special Pentecost Day, may His Spirit of Love for you fill your heart….and guide you on this path He has placed before you. With you..Sr. Caritas.

  6. SCaritas says:

    Congratulations, Sister Regina Rose and Sister Leslie. The LORD looks upon His beloved daughters and delights in you on this most special day. The Spirit of Pentecost fill your hearts, minds, souls with desire for His love, knowing His love for each of you. Know taht you will be kept in our prayers, supporting, encouraging, assisting you in any way we can as you walk this journey God has placed before you. We've all “been there” / done that”…we each have our own story to tell. May you delight in the Lord as he deligths in you!!! Happy Day! Sr. CAritas

  7. aldo says:

    Nice post! .I like it

  8. Smkolbe says:

    . . . a beautiful way to celebrate Pentecost! Know of my prayers!

  9. Sr. Elaine says:

    You have been Novices for just over 24 hours at this point. It was a privilege to journey with you these past months. Many blessings upon both of you as embrace the giftedness of Novitiate. It is a very special time  in the lives of each of us. May you grow closer to the Lord each day. Know of my continued prayers for you as you learn more about our Community. God bless you.

  10. Susan Martin says:

    Congratulations Sister Leslie and Sister Regina Rose!  You belong to a supportive and Spirit-filled family of God.  Your joy, His joy in you, is evident.  I have been praying for you.  Hopefully I will have the opportunity to see you in the fall.  My love and prayers, Sister Monica's Mom

  11. Sr. Delores says:

    Congratulations, Sr. Regina Rose and Sr. Leslie!   I am so grateful I could be there to witness your Reception Ceremony.   You are entering into a precious time of Religious Life…

  12. Allissa says:

    i like ur hair down sister Leslie

  13. anonomuos says:

    you will both do great

  14. Sr. Leslie says:

    Thanks to all of you for your suppoprtive comments. It is wonderful to know that we can count on your prayers and support as we continue in this life.

    So far so good 🙂 (even though it has been less than a week).

  15. Sr. Leslie says:

    Thanks Allissa 🙂 You better take a good look at it. 😉

  16. Sandy Hammond Gonia says:

    Thank you for all your giving to the postulants, Sr. Elaine.
    Sandy Hammond Gonia

  17. sisterjune says:

    Congratulations Sister Leslie and Sister Regina Rose.
    May God hold you in the palm of His hand as you continue your journey in becoming a Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity.

  18. And we are grateful for the parents of Sister Leslie and Sister Regina Rose! Their goodness lives on in their daughters and is truly a gift to us! Fathers and Mothers Days are every day for us Franciscan Sisters! You are ever in our prayers.

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