Sister Michaela Serpa professes perpetual vows

S Michaela Serpa Final Vows

Sister Michaela Serpa, FSE with Most Reverend Peter F. Christensen, D.D. Bishop Christensen is the Bishop of Boise, Sister's home diocese.

MERIDEN, CT (10-08-2017) - Sister Michaela Serpa, FSE professed perpetual vows at a Mass on October 8 in the Chapel of St. John, the motherhouse chapel of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist. The Most Reverend Peter F. Christensen, D.D., Bishop of Boise, celebrated the Mass. Concelebrants were the Very Reverend Douglas L. Mosey, C.S.B., Reverend Tom Coughlin, O.P. Miss., Reverend Andrew LaBudde, L.C., Reverend Christopher Mahar, Reverend Austin Phiri, Reverend Skip Thompson, M.S.A. and Reverend John Young, C.S.C. Sister Michaela is from Pocatello, Idaho. Her parents, John and Cristina Serpa are active members of the Catholic community of Pocatello.

In his homily, Bishop Christensen spoke about the vocation to consecrated life and encouraged Sister Michaela to be confident in her capacity with God's help to be faithful to her vows, the Church and the Community, and to keep her predominant attitude of "I can do it!" at the forefront as she faces issues in her apostolate of fostering the dignity of human life through her mission as a pharmacist.

Sister Michaela works in the Pharmacy Department of St. Raphael's Campus of Yale-New Haven Hospital. She earned a Doctor of Pharmacy from Idaho State University. Under the patronage of St. Michael the Archangel, and to further her education in the Catholic Church's teachings on human life, she is pursuing a Masters degree in Bioethics.

S Michaela Serpa Final Vows

Mr. and Mrs. Serpa accompany their daughter to the altar to be given over to the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist. Mrs. Serpa joyfully acknowledged that "we have now gained many daughters!"

Sister Michaela Final Vows

Bishop Christensen asks Sister Michaela the "Questions from the Church" regarding her intent and her readiness for perpetual vows. In her answers, Sister Michaela explains her wholehearted desire to live faithfully and fully the call of a consecrated woman religious within the Franciscan Eucharistic tradition of the Community exercised through community life and her professional mission in pharmacy.

S Michaela Serpa Final Vows

Sister Michaela pronounces her vows of chastity, poverty and obedience into the hands of Mother Miriam Seiferman, FSE, Mother General, who affirmed Sister's giftedness as a person and as a vital Community member. Witnesses were Sister Bernardone Rock, FSE and Sister Jilda Marie Chabot, FSE.

Sister Michaela Final Vows

Sister Michaela signs the official document of perpetual vows which is also signed by the two witnesses, the Mother General and the officiating ecclesial authority.

Bishop Christensen blessed and presented the ring of perpetual commitment to Sister Michaela, signifying her spousal commitment to Christ, the Church and the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist.

S Michaela Serpa Final Vows

Sister Michaela Final Vows

The celebrants gather around the altar to receive Communion.

Sister Michaela Serpa Final Vows

From left, Mother Miriam Seiferman, FSE, Mother General, Mother Shaun Vergauwen, FSE, Co-foundress and former Mother General, Sister Michaela and Mother Barbara Johnson, FSE, Vicar General and Formation Director.

Sister Michaela Final Vows

Sister Michaela with her family, seated, from left, Brody Serpa with his mother Lisa Serpa, Cristina Serpa, Sister Michaela, Johnny Serpa holding Lorea Serpa, daughter of Bryan and Lisa Serpa; standing from left, Bryan Serpa, brother of Sister Michaela; Mindy Serpa, sister; Andrea and Anthony Serpa, sister-in-law and brother.