Sister Mary Peter Ryan professes first vows on Foundation Day

Sister Mary Peter

MERIDEN, CT (11-30-2014) - During the Eucharistic liturgy for the First Sunday of Advent, Sister Mary Peter Ryan professed first vows of chastity, poverty and obedience into the hands of Mother Shaun Vergauwen, Mother General. In response, the Franciscan Sisters renewed their vows and sang the Blessing of St. Francis for Sister Mary Peter. She received blessings from Mother Shaun, Mother Miriam Seiferman, Vicar General, Mother Rosemae Pender, Mother Foundress and the Very Reverend Douglas Mosey, C.S.B., celebrant.

Sister Mary PeterIn her request for vows, Sister Mary Peter expressed her gratitude that this significant day in her life is also the 41st anniversary of foundation for the Community. She was reminded by Mother Shaun that she now places her life into the hands of her formators as they work with her to build a strong foundation for her life as a vowed religious. Sister Mary Peter received a cincture with three knots representing the three vows, and the Community medal which is made of two square nails in the shape of a cross and a circular metal band in the center.

Sister Mary Peter is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Ryan of Belmont, Massachusetts. She is completing a semester of practice teaching at Maloney High School, Meriden, and hopes to finish her master's program next year.

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Sister Mary Peter smiles as Father Douglas Mosey signs the official document of vows.
Other signers were Sister Mary Peter, Mother Shaun, and the two witnesses, Sister Bernardone Rock and Sister Mary Richards.
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Mother Rosemae Pender, Mother Foundress, gives her blessing to the newly professed Sister Mary Peter.
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Father Douglas Mosey gives Sister Mary Peter a blessing in the name of the Church.

Prior to the Mass, according to the tradition of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, Mother Shaun Vergauwen read her letter to the Community for the 41st Foundation Day. Each year the Community makes a commitment to a next phase or project of founding for the upcoming year. This practice keeps the spirit of founding alive, current and practical. Sister Mary Elizabeth Endee read the commitment of the Franciscan Sisters. Brother Leo Maneri, FBE read the Franciscan Brothers of the Eucharist's commitment. Approximately forty lay persons participated in the liturgical celebration.

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Mother Shaun Vergauwen reads her letter to the Community on the 41st anniversary of foundation,
and the opening of the Year of Consecrated Life.

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Sister Mary Elizabeth Endee shares the commitment of the Sisters for the next year.

Brother Leo

Brother Leo Maneri reads the commitment of the Franciscan Brothers of the Eucharist.

Father Mosey

In his homily, Father Mosey focused on the aims and expectations of Pope Francis for the Year of Consecrated Life.