Sisters and Brothers welcome new novices
MERIDEN, CT (11-27-2016) - On the 43rd anniversary of their Foundation, the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist with the Franciscan Brothers of the Eucharist welcomed the entrance into novitiate of two postulants, Katelyn Salata and John Carter. Mother Shaun Vergauwen, FSE, Mother General, received the requests in the presence of the Community of Sisters and Brothers.
Katelyn Salata, daughter of Chris and Mary Salata of Ann Arbor, Michigan, with her four sisters and two brothers, grew up as members of Christ the King Parish, Ann Arbor. After graduation from Fr. Gabriel Richard High School, she attended Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting degree and then, a Master of Science in Accounting degree in 2012. She became a Certified Public Accountant in 2013 and holds a license from the State of Michigan. She worked as a C.P.A. in Ann Arbor prior to joining the Franciscan Community in Connecticut. During pre-postulancy and postulancy, she was a Senior Accountant at Aspen Insurance, Rocky Hill, Connecticut.
Katelyn met the Franciscan Community in 2014 when she traveled on pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi with a Young Professionals group accompanied by two Franciscan Sisters. In May 2015, she asked to begin initial formation in the Community.
After receiving the habit, veil and cincture of the Franciscan Sisters, she was given a new name by Mother Shaun as a sign of a movement into a new way of life. Mother Shaun described Katelyn as one who characteristically and generously loves others. Her religious name will be Sister Amaris which is Latin for love. Sister Amaris later said of the events of the day, that she was grateful and blessed for the Community and "this is more than I ever imagined!"
John Carter, son of Irma and the late Charles Carter was raised in Bedford, Massachusetts with two brothers, Bill and Jim, and a sister Maryellen. The family were members of St. Michael Church where John received the sacraments. John attended the University of New Hampshire where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Geotechnical Engineering. He is a professionally licensed Civil Engineer in both Massachusetts and Connecticut. He entered the Franciscan Brothers from his home in Waltham, Mass.
For 21 and 1/2 years John was employed by the former Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation and most recently for Westinghouse Electric Co. As a member of the Foundation Engineering Department, he analyzed and designed foundations primarily for fossil and nuclear power plants. Prior to this, he worked on environmental site investigations to support hazardous waste clean-up operations. He participated in the construction of the 9.5 mile-long Boston Harbor Effluent Outfall Tunnel, the longest single-ended tunnel in the U.S. at the time. He assisted with construction inspection of the mile-long diffuser section of the tunnel and the clean-out and completion of the remaining 8.5 miles of the tunnel.
While in Waltham, he was active in Sacred Heart Parish where he helped teach middle and high school students in religious education. He was able to use his professional knowledge and experience to assist the parish with several complex maintenance problems. For ten years he volunteered at Marist Hill Nursing Home as a lector and eucharistic minister.
John entered pre-postulancy in November 2014 and postulancy approximately a year later. At the ceremony of entrance into novitiate, Brother Leo Maneri, FBE spoke about John's diligence and tenacity not only in solving problems, but in his personal formation in religious life. Brother Leo then gave him the religious name of Brother John Paul. "I am excited about being a Brother because this vocation allows me to integrate my personal and professional life in service to the Church," Brother John Paul said.