Solemn Profession of Benedictines: simply beautiful

Our friend R.J. Sciurus of Serviam has alerted us the splendid photos of the solemn professions of the wonderful sisters of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, in Kansas City.

Many of their sisters have been waiting many years for this moment.  On Saturday they were able to make their final, lifelong vows in the presence of His Excellency Bishop Robert Finn.

Here are a couple photos, but be sure to go to Kansas Catholic.

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40 Responses to Solemn Profession of Benedictines: simply beautiful

  1. 3D says:

    The ceremony took place at the Institute of Christ the King’s Kansas City apostolate, Old St. Patrick’s Oratory.

  2. momoften says:

    beautiful….Praise be to God!

  3. alipius says:

    Sweet and touching!
    Praise be to God!

  4. medievalist says:

    The sisters are radiant, but I couldn’t help noticing the YOUTH of the priests. Deo gratias!

  5. Tim Ferguson says:

    Praise the Lord! On the prayers of holy women like these all of our lives depend – so much more than we even know. Thank you Jesus, and thank you Sisters!

  6. KevinSymonds says:

    I noted that Fr. Cassian Folsom from Norcia was present. Anyone else hear anything?

  7. TMA says:

    It was heaven on earth – what a happy day! I’m so glad that the sisters shared this with us and let us bring our children.

  8. irishgirl says:

    Absolutely wonderful! I love the dark blue veils on the newly professed!

    They look so happy!

  9. Jack Hughes says:

    What can I say, Beautiful

  10. Liz F says:

    So beautiful!

  11. Beautiful! How lovely to see so many sisters make their solemn profession!

  12. Sandra_in_Severn says:

    Does it not surprise you to see the traditional orders and communities growing once more?
    This is wonderful news, on top of hearing of new 10 priests ordained yesterday.
    Prayers of Thanksgiving that young adults of the current generation are responding to the call to vocations.

  13. Jack Hughes says:

    This may sound a little off topic but I’ve got an interview with the diocesan vocations director tommorow because I think I’m called to be a priest, could people please pray for me about 9:30 AM Eastern Time?

    I hope that If am Ordained that I would be as joyful on that day as these Brides of Christ are today

  14. TJerome says:

    Fantastico! We are looking at the future of our Church and it is bright. God bless and keep each of these wonder sisters.

  15. Sandy says:

    Beautiful nuns and awesome church! I would love to worship in such a church that has been preserved and not “wreckovated”.

    God bless you, Jack Hughes, and may He lead you to the place where He wants you!

  16. Prayers, Jack Hughes.

  17. Traductora says:

    Truly beautiful. It also makes me weep for the dying religious order I have in my town. It’s a diocesan order of wonderful women, but under a liberal bishop and the liberal insanity of the 1970s-80s, the sisters themselves destroyed the order, believing they were doing the right thing. They have minimal community life, minimal prayer life and no common work.

    Prayers for these beautiful new professed in KC, and prayers for the sisters who are my neighbors, because they really didn’t intend things to turn out this way. One thing nobody who criticizes these dying orders understands is that many of the sisters realize that something went wrong, but they just don’t know how to come back.

  18. Father G says:

    Beautiful pictures. I am curious to know the reason for the sisters having their arms raised up in the first photo.

  19. lux_perpetua says:

    jack,

    Will pray.

    from their website
    “As we stand in the place of Our Lady, we are anxious for the honor of the priesthood and for the great mystery of God’s love for man, which priests renew for us each day in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Thus, our prayerful support of the priesthood has inspired us to make the hand-crafting of vestments, priestly apparel, sacred linens and altar clothes a special focus of our work. We use the finest materials available, primarily pure silks and 100% Belgian Linen, because we believe that the beauty of the altar and the dignity of its sacred ministers signify in an important way the reality of the True Presence.”

    how utterly beautiful. and their voices in the ave maria that plays when you click on their homepage are so young-sounding!!!!

  20. chloesmom says:

    Wow! Beautiful faces, such joy! God bless them. Jack Hughes, prayers going up for you. God bless you too.

  21. wanda says:

    Beautiful! The sisters are truly a hope-filled sign for the future. Prayers for you, Jack Hughes. Will offer your intention at 9:00 a.m. Mass tomorrow. God bless the Sisters and you, Jack.

  22. thepapalbull says:

    Awesome pictures!

    Like Father G. I am curious about the hand raising. Is that a traditional part of the profession? I’m guessing it is but what is the meaning?

  23. TMA says:

    Father G –

    From the program, following the Reading of the Chart of Profession, the following:

    Immediately the newly professed rise, extend their hands and raise their eyes, and sing the Suscipe three times.

    Suscipe me Domine, secundum eloquium
    tuum et vivam:
    Et non confundas me ab expectation mea.

    Receive me, O Lord, according to Thy word, and I shall live.
    Do not confound me in my expectation.
    (Psalm 118)

    In the next photo we see:

    All Kneel as the nuns prostrate on the carpet before the altar in the sanctuary and are covered with a funeral pall (symbolizing mystical death to the world and to themselves) while the bells toll and the cantors begin the litany.

  24. robtbrown says:

    Like Father G. I am curious about the hand raising. Is that a traditional part of the profession? I’m guessing it is but what is the meaning?
    Comment by thepapalbull

    Yes, it is. I was present at the solemn profession of a friend at the Abbey of Jouques in the mid 80′s. Same thing.

    We also had the advantage of a later feast of French food.

  25. Jacob says:

    I thank God that we have these and other sisters like them who are taking up the mantle.

    I was reading about the IHM sisters tonight and came across this article from Time detailing the massive rebellion in that order in the late 60s. The article itself is from 1970. The sadly humorous part comes at the very end:

    Sister Anita expects others pressing for reforms may follow the lead of the Immaculate Heart nuns in experimenting with secular communities. “The religious life,” she says, “may not survive.” Father Heston saw one good thing in the rebels’ departure: the church, he feels, has demonstrated the limits of its toleration of innovation.

    Tragic. So tragic.

  26. New Sister says:

    The picture of the sister with her hands crossed and her eyes closed – so radiant and peaceful, like Saint Bernadette’s masque.

    *Jack Hughes* – I will be praying the Rosary at 0930 EDT tomorrow morning with saintly old women in my parish – we will offer it for your intentions!

  27. poohbear says:

    How beautiful and peaceful. They are ‘other Marys’ for our day.

  28. nzcatholic says:

    Beautiful, I love the nervous faces and the giggles. Real girls.
    At the time of the counter reformation in the 16th century God gave the church some real saints.
    These are them today

  29. nzcatholic says:

    What does the hands in the air signify?

  30. KevinSymonds says:

    In Rule of St. Benedict, the moment of profession/vows is when one states (or chants…) the “Suscipe” from Psalm 118 (as given above by another reader).

    The one professing vows raises his/her hands to heaven as a sign of submission and supplication to the Lord, not unlike St. Benedict at his death.

    It is not a charismatic renewal gesture, if anyone was wondering :)

  31. Sheesh! I just hate it when I cry this early in the morning. How beautiful and touching.

  32. I dearly enjoy the “Suscipe” moment at a profession. God bless these dear women!

  33. irishgirl says:

    I’m glad for the explanation of the Sisters’ hand gesture…I was wondering about it.

    ‘Not unlike Saint Benedict at his death’: yes, that makes sense, since they are his spiritual daughters.

    Jack Hughes-prayers for you!

  34. TMA says:

    One of the things that touched me during the ceremony was how the sisters looked after one another, adjusting one another’s veils, etc. This was taking place right in the sanctuary. One of the sisters later explained to me that they have no mirrors in the convent. The sisters have to rely on one another for how they look.

  35. joecct77 says:

    Looks like the link did not work — my apologies

  36. Amy MEV says:

    Absolutely beautiful.

  37. Agnes of Prague says:

    Make sure to go to the Kansas link! The sisters’ names are really lovely–there is a page that has them listed. And in Part II are candles in the hand of each sister, “as beautiful as love can make them” with flowers and ribbons (as Mother Mary Francis PCC described the torches they made for vow ceremonies). And Part IV has really wonderful wedding cake photos–go see and you’ll understand!

  38. irishgirl says:

    Agnes of Prague-I saw the photos on the KansasCatholic link. Did you see on the page of the Sisters’ names that were coats-of-arms on the top and the bottom? That’s really cool-one for each of them!

    TMA-I never thought of that! No mirrors….

  39. AnAmericanMother says:

    irishgirl — I saw that too, and was thinking that the Sisters really are like knights. One of the old English Bibles translated Psalm 19:5 as “rejoiceth as a knight to run his course.” And we have lost that mental picture that our forebears had of the knight as splendidly apparelled, going out to do battle not only with strength but with beauty and in joy.

    Spiritual warfare, and they will bear their shields with the emblems of their faith . . . . those fresh young faces – and the faces of the young men – all joyous, all brave – how wonderful!