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Two Sisters Profess First Vows

September 01, 2015

Having completed their novice phase on the path to becoming Sisters of Mercy, this summer Sisters Anna Regina Gakuhi and Amanda Carrier made their first profession of vows of chastity, poverty, obedience and service to the poor, sick and ignorant.

On May 9 Sister Anna Regina (center) pictured here with Sisters Jane Hotstream, Sisters of Mercy South Central Community president, and Debbie Kern, Sisters of Mercy South Central Community leadership team member, made her first profession of vows at the Claver Home Chapel in Kingston, Jamaica. Sister Anna Regina wore a kitenge, a traditional Kenyan dress that her family sent to symbolize their being in solidarity with her since they could not be present. The beads represent each member of the family and close friends. The different colors represent the uniqueness of each person, living and dead, who have been part of Anna Regina’s life.

Sister Amanda Carrier professed temporary vows on July 25 at the Connor Chapel at Saint Joseph University in West Hartford, Connecticut. More than 150 people witnessed the joyous celebration including pictured here: Sisters Jacqueline Nedd, Jennifer Barrow, Marjorie Tapia, Amanda and Danielle Gagnon.

Temporary profession in the Sisters of Mercy lasts for a period of three to six years. During this time the new member works in full-time ministry or studies while continuing discernment and living in community. This is the last step on the journey to becoming a Sister of Mercy prior to making final vows.


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