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.