Sister Michaela Serpa professes first vows

MERIDEN, CT (10-09-2011) - Sister Michaela Serpa completed her two years of novitiate as she 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 Michaela read aloud her request to make vows, expressing how meaningful her years of novitiate have been as she has come to know herself more deeply and gained greater spiritual depth through her living in community with her peers and her directresses. She commented on the gift she has been given as a religious woman to integrate her demanding professional ministry as a pharmacist with the life and mission of the Community, and that the vows will be a source of strength in that ongoing process. Sister Michaela, a doctor of pharmacy, is in a residency program at the Hospital of St. Raphael in New Haven, Connecticut. She is the daughter of John and Cristina Serpa of Pocatello, Idaho, who were present for the ceremony, along with their son, Anthony Serpa of Denver.

Mother Shaun Vergauwen, FSE Mother General, presents Sister Michaela with the Constitutions and Book of Customs of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist. Celebrant of the Mass, the Very Reverend Douglas Mosey, C.S.B. looks on.
Sister Michaela with her parents, John and Cristina Serpa and her brother, Anthony Serpa.