Two Sisters profess perpetual vows in new Chapel of St. John
S Angela Marie
Sister Angela Marie Castellani, FSE
S Sophia
Sister Sophia Peters, FSE

Final Vow MassMERIDEN, CT (12-28-2014) - The Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist welcomed two Sisters as perpetually professed members of the Community on the Feast of the Holy Family, December 28, 2014. The solemn Mass was held in the newly-dedicated Chapel of St. John in Meriden, Connecticut. Sister Angela Marie Castellani and Sister Sophia Peters professed their vows in the presence of five priests who concelebrated the Mass, the Franciscan Sisters and Brothers, and over 220 other guests including the Sisters' families.

Sister Angela Marie, a native of Collestrada, Italy, near Assisi was presented by her parents, Giovanni and Donatella Castellani. Her sister and brother-in-law, Sara and Carlo Forini and their children, Lorenzo and Eva, had also traveled from Italy for the occasion. Two-year old Eva delighted the congregation when she followed her mother to the sanctuary to "help" with the first reading.

Final Vow MassSister Sophia Peters, from Windsor, Connecticut, was joined by her parents, David and Mary Lou Peters, her brother Zachary Peters, his wife Jen and their four children, Taylor, Emma, Luke and Avery of San Diego. Taylor read the second reading for the Liturgy of the Word. Sister's grandmother, Clare Peters of Boston, her uncle Mark Peters and his wife Pauline of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and cousins from Texas and Connecticut were among those gathered for the event.

Mother Shaun Vergauwen, FSE, Mother General, received the vows and spoke to each Sister of her gratitude for the particular gift each one brings to the Community and to the Church. The liturgy of Religious Profession carries a bridal theme throughout. The Sisters making this lifetime commitment were radiant as brides meeting their Spouse, Jesus Christ, and His Church which they promise to serve daily with fidelity for the rest of their lives.

S Angela Marie

S Sophia

The vow ceremony comprises the asking of questions by the Church to ascertain the readiness of the women to profess vows, a prayer to the Holy Spirit followed by the ritual of prostration as those present pray the Litany of Saints while the candidates for vows lie on the floor in symbolic submission to the will of God, the actual profession of perpetual vows, the blessings on each newly professed Sister, the signing of the official documents and the bestowal of the ring by the Church representative.

The Very Reverend Douglas Mosey, CSB, President and Rector of Holy Apostles College and Seminary, was the principal celebrant. Concelebrants were Reverend Christopher Mahar, Rector of Our Lady of Providence Seminary, Diocese of Providence; Reverend Robert Vargo, Pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Poquonock, Connecticut and St. Gabriel Parish, Windsor; Reverend Robert Rousseau, Pastor of Holy Family Parish, Enfield, Connecticut and Director of Pro-Life Activities for the Archdiocese of Hartford; and Reverend Anthony Giampietro, CSB, Interim Director of Development for the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Deacon Richard Santos proclaimed the Gospel, Brother Leo Maneri, FBE served as Master of Ceremonies, and Mr. Francis Hunter was cross-bearer.

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From left, Father Robert Rousseau, Deacon Richard Santos, Father Anthony Giampietro, CSB, Father Douglas Mosey, CBS, Father Robert Vargo and Father Christopher Mahar at the consecration of the Mass.

Following the liturgy, a luncheon was held in the Chiara Center and in an adjacent tent for all those present.

Sister Angela Marie is a religion teacher at Northwest Catholic High School, West Hartford. In addition to having a Masters degree in theology, she is a canon lawyer and civil lawyer. Sister Sophia is a marriage and family therapist at the Franciscan Life Center, Meriden She has a Masters degree in counseling and a Post Masters degree in theology.

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Sister Angela Marie with her parents Donatella and Giovanni Castellani.
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Mary Lou and David Peters with their daughter, Sister Sophia.

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