On June 13, 2008, the Franciscan feast of St. Anthony of Padua, the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity witnessed the Rite of Initiation into Religious Life for Sister Chiara (Angela) LaValley, OSF. The ceremony occured at 7:15 p.m. in St. Mary Chapel.
At the beginning of the ceremony, Sister Louise Hembrecht, Community Director, questioned Angela about her desires for her life. She responded: “Drawn by God’s mercy, I have come here to learn your way of life. I ask you to teach me to follow Christ crucified and to live in chastity, poverty and obedience. Teach me to persevere in prayer and penance, in the service of the Church and mankind. Teach me to be one with you in heart and mind. Help me to live out the Gospel every day of my life. Teach me your Rule and help me to learn to love our Sisters as Christ commanded us. ” (painting by Stephen B. Whatley on the 777 feastday of St. Anthony)
After being questioned again whether it was her wish to learn the way of life of a Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity and she replied “Yes, it is”, Angela received her habit, veil, signs of the consecrated life, as well as her Sister name, Sister Chiara.
Sister Natalie Binversie, OSF, was entrusted with the responsiblity to carry out the purpose of the Novitiate which is to ensure that the novice learns the primary essentials of Religious Life and to live out the evangelical counsels.
Do you desire to give your life to God, as St. Clare did? Here’s one way to make the first step: http://franciscanizedworld.fscc-calledtobe.org/index.php/2008/06/05/vocation-retreats-for-young-adult-catholic-women/