Two Michigan women advance in their formation process

MERIDEN, CT (08-19-2012) - The Franciscan Sisters welcomed two young women from Michigan into their next phases of formation on Sunday. Emily Woolsey, a native of Jackson, Michigan, was received into novitiate at a private ceremony in the Chapel of St. John at Paul VI Center, prior to the Franciscan Community's Sunday Mass, and Sister Christianna Hamman, who was raised in Greenville, Michigan, professed her first vows during the Mass.

Mother Shaun Vergauwen, Mother General, in receiving Emily, gave her the religious name of Sister Faith Marie to honor the upcoming Year of Faith proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI. In her remarks, Mother Shaun spoke of Emily's strong faith in God, and her faithfulness to the Church and the process of formation. Sister Faith Marie is a physical therapist by profession, having graduated as a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Grand Valley State University a year ago. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Professions from the same university. This past year she worked at Montowese Health and Rehabilitation in North Haven, Connecticut. Sister Faith Marie is the daughter of Michael and Ellen Woolsey of Jackson, Michigan.

Sister Faith Marie received the habit and veil of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist.

Sister Christianna Hamman, a teacher, spoke of the past two years of novitiate, as a time of learning for her. She is also an accomplished pianist. In his homily, Father Douglas Mosey, C.S.B., spoke of the reading for the day as related to Sister Christianna in "singing and playing spiritual songs." Sister Christianna teaches at St. Peter-St. Francis School, Torrington, Connecticut. She is a graduate of Western Michigan University where she earned her Bachelor of Art in Secondary Education degree with concentrations in Math and Spanish.

Sister Christianna Hamman joyfully professes the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience.