Sister Jeanne d'ArcDominique Paquette now Sister Jeanne d'Arc

MERIDEN, CT (05-10-2015) - Dominique Paquette was received into novitiate in a private ceremony during Evening Prayer in the Chapel of St. John on the Sixth Sunday of Easter. In presenting her request, Dominique expressed her desire to know God more intimately as a Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist. In commenting on what her postulant medal has meant to her, she said that, although the inscriptions about St. Francis and St. Clare were inspiring, her favorite words were "Made in Germany" since the founding heritage of the Community was in Germany. She explained, "How brave they were!" of the first men and women who came from Bavaria to America to form a religious community in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and "How brave they were!" of the Sisters who branched out and moved the motherhouse to La Crosse, Wisconsin, and again, "How brave were the Sisters who then formed the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist!" Dominique expressed her desire to be a part of that Spirit-driven mission which continues today in the life of the Community. The time of novitiate is spent in prayer, study and service as ways of learning the charism of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist and in preparation for professing vows of chastity, poverty and obedience.

Dominique Paquette

Newly clothed in the habit and veil of the Community, Dominique awaits Mother Shaun's giving her a religious name.

Mother Shaun Vergauwen, Mother General, received Dominique's request and asked Mother Miriam Seiferman, Vicar General, to clothe Dominique in the habit and veil. Upon returning to the chapel, Dominique knelt to receive a new name from Mother Shaun who explained that Dominique had shared that, in her family, the women all had French names. In that light, Mother Shaun then announced that Dominique would be named Sister Jeanne d'Arc after St. Joan of Arc. Mother then told Sister Jeanne d'Arc, "You have the qualities!"

Sister Jeanne d'ArcSister Jeanne d'Arc is the daughter of Michael and Patricia Paquette of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Her twin sister, Anne Marie Barnes lives in Bealeton, Virginia, and her siblings Adrienne Vaughn, Joseph Paquette and Grace Paquette live in Fredericksburg. Sister Jeanne d'Arc's home parish is St. Patrick's in Spotsylvania, Virginia.

While a student at James Madison University, Sister Jeanne d'Arc was the Vice President of Service for Kappa Kappa Psi Music Service Fraternity. She was a proud member of the university marching band. She plays French horn, piano and trumpet. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts and Design with a concentration in Digital Video and Cinema.

During her years of pre-postulancy and postulancy in Meriden, Sister worked part time for Franciscan Ever There Care, Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care, Pro-Life Ministry as well as Synergic Systems where she produced videos for the Franciscan Sisters' web site using film taken by Luke Davies of Native Multimedia Ltd: Garden of Sisters, Our Eucharistic Call, Reflection from Desert House, and Lowell Center. Also see the slide presentation, Celebrating Consecrated Life.