On the Franciscan feast of St. Bonaventure, July 15, 2018, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity witnessed the Rite of Initiation into Religious Life for Sister Concepcion (Hilda Concepcion) Medina . The ceremony occured at 2 p.m. in St. Mary Chapel.
At the beginning of the ceremony, Sister Natalie Binversie, Community Director, questioned the new Novice 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. ”
After being questioned again whether it was her wish to learn the way of life of a Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Hilda replied “Yes, it is”. Next she received her habit and veil, signs of the consecrated life, as well as her Sister name, Sister Concepcion .
Sister Mariadele Jacobs, OSF, was entrusted with the responsibility 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. Here are Community Director Sister Natalie’s remarks: Comments for Novice Sister Concepcion on Entering the Novitiate
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