Sister Collette Maritim

Sister Collette smiles after professing her religious vows of chastity, poverty and obedience into the hands of Mother Shaun Vergauwen, Mother General.

Sister Collette Maritim transfers to Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist

MERIDEN, CT (03-30-2014) - Sister Collette Maritim, a native of Kenya and a perpetually professed member of a Poor Clare community in Spain, completed the three-year canonical process of transferring to the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist on Sunday at a Mass at the Motherhouse Center. The joyous celebration was held in the presence of the Franciscan Sisters, Franciscan Brothers and Franciscan Apprentices. The Very Reverend Douglas Mosey was the principal celebrant and homilist. Deacon Donald Philip proclaimed the Gospel.

The entrance procession highlighted Sister Collette's African heritage as she played a drum and was accompanied by Sister Ignatia, of the Tertiary Sisters of St. Francis of Cameroon who processed as is customary for the Cameroon people as they enter into feast day liturgies. The clattering sound of the seed pod anklets she wore complemented the beat of the drum.

The formation Sisters sang the parts of the Mass in Kiswahili and Spanish, Sister Collette's native language and the language of Spain. They also sang the Our Father in Kiswahili, a surprise for Sister Collette. The prayers of the faithful included remebrances for Sister Collette's parents, Richard and Catherine Maritim of Kericho, Kenya, and their family.

Sister Collette received the medal and ring of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist during the liturgy. A reception was held following the Mass.

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Sister Collette kneels in prayer while receiving a blessing from Father Douglas Mosey, C.S.B., celebrant.

Sister Collette poses with a new African drum, a gift for her special day of transfer of vows.

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