Three Apprentices make commitment on Foundation Day

MERIDEN, CT (12-02-2012) - The Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist celebrated the 39th anniversary of their founding with a special Mass during which three Apprentices made their life commitment to Franciscan spirituality. Mother Shaun Vergauwen, Mother General, introduced the commitment ceremony. In their commitment statements, Teresa Wells, Marie Laffin and Marsha Rabiteau stated their dedication to live and witness to Franciscan spirituality as lay women in the secular arena, in their families and in their professional spheres. Mother Miriam Seiferman, Vicar General, presented them with the Apprentice medals. Mother Shaun then gave each a copy of the Apprentice Spiritual Document. Each received a blessing from Mother Shaun, Mother Miriam and Mother Rosemae Pender, Mother Foundress. The concelebrants, Most Reverend Douglas Mosey, C.S.B. and Reverend Robert Blyman blessed them with the blessing of the Church.

Mother Shaun presented each of the women with her Apprentice name which expresses her mission. Teresa Wells was named Teresa Clare after St. Clare of Assisi; Marie Laffin was named Marie Grace after Mary, the Mother of Christ, who was "full of grace"; and Marsha Rabiteau received the name Marsha Catherine for St. Catherine of Alexandria.

Following the Mass, the large crowd of Apprentices, families, Franciscan Brothers and Sisters enjoyed a celebrational toast together in honor of the joyful occasion.

Photos of Apprentices making their commitment statements: Top left, Teresa Wells; left, Marie Laffin; right, Marsha Rabiteau. Below, Teresa, Marie and Marsha listen attentively to the introduction for the Foundation Day liturgy.