MERIDEN, CT (08-21-2011) - Sister Grace Marie Horan professed first vows of chastity, poverty and obedience during the Sunday Mass in the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist's Chapel of St. John in Meriden. Sister Grace Marie's love of and talent for writing was obvious to those present as she read her request for vows which eloquently framed the action about to take place. Mother Shaun Vergauwen, Mother General, received Sister's vows and affirmed her as a gifted and loved member of the Community. Sister Grace Marie received the insignia (cross of nails) of the Community and a cincture with three knots representing the three vows.
A representative group of her siblings, their spouses and children attended the private ceremony. Sister Grace Marie, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, has lived in Meriden during the past three years of formation as a postulant and as a novice. She holds a Bachelor degree from the University of Dallas. In the coming year, Sister Grace Marie will teach seventh and eighth grade students at St. Peter/St. Francis Catholic School in Torrington, Connecticut.