On the afternoon of December 23, 2015, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity witnessed the reception of the Postulant Insignia Mary Bettag.
Sister Natalie Binversie, OSF, Community Director, exhorted Mary with these words taken from the Letter to the Ephesians and Chapter 24 from The Earlier Rule of St. Francis:
Live then with a sense of responsibility not as a person who does not know the meaning and purpose of life but as one who does. With Francis I ask that you learn and frequently call to mind the tenor and sense of what has been written in this life for the salvation of our souls. I beg God, Who is All-powerful, Three and One, to bless all who teach, learn, retain, remember and put into practice these things each time they repeat and do what has been written there for the salvation of our souls. I implore everyone to love, keep and treasure them greatly.
Mary received the insignia of St. Francis, a tau cross with the hand of Jesus covering that of Francis, to remind her of her call to follow Jesus. Sister Mariella Erdmann, OSF, Postulant Directress, is responsible for guiding postulants in their preparations for the Novitiate.