To Jesus my heart, my all, forever ...
With profound gratitude to the Most Holy Trinity, the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa joyfully announce the Perpetual Profession of Vows of Sister Mary Victoria of Our Sorrowful Mother on Saturday, June 25, 2022, Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be celebrated by The Most Reverend Robert F. Vasa, Bishop of the Diocese of Santa Rosa, at the Cathedral of St. Eugene at 10:30 a.m.
Sister Mary Victoria is a native of Haiti and a daughter of the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York where she attended Holy Innocents Parish.
"I am the Bride of Him Whom the Angels serve,
Who the sun and moon gaze upon with admiring wonder.
The Lord Jesus has placed His ring upon my finger.
He has clothed me in the character of His Spouse."
- words of St. Agnes used in the Mass of Perpetual Profession
Sister Mary Regina of Our Lady, Queen of the Holy Rosary
Sister Maria Consolata of Our Lady, Spouse of the Holy Ghost
Sister Josefa of Our Lady of the Annunciation
- presentation of the blue veil -
"Temporary profession is a time to experience and train in the apostolic works of the community and to attain professional education while integrating the religious and spiritual training of the novitiate (cf. Can. 659) ... While growing in closer union with Christ, the vowed religious learns to “combine contemplation with apostolic love. By the former, she clings to God in mind and heart; by the latter she strives to associate herself with the work of redemption and to spread the kingdom of God” through evangelization. uring this time of formation, as the sister begins to take part in the apostolate she will grow in her appreciation for the Marian spirit of the community. As the sister strives to be Mary’s visible hands at work in the world, Mary communicates to her something of her own spirit, her strength of mind, and her courageous will. "- Constitutions of the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa
by professing the evangelical counsels in the presence of Your Church today.
Mercifully grant that their manner of life may bring glory to Your name
and further Your loving plan of redemption. We ask this through Christ our Lord."
- prayer concluding the examination of those professing vows -
First Profession Slideshow
Drawn by God’s mercy, I have come here to learn your way of life.
I ask you to teach me to follow Jesus Christ Crucified
and to live generously in poverty, chastity and obedience ..."
- Request of the Postulant to be admitted as a Novice
With heavenlight radiant on her face
Making a glow of her shining hair,
Marking each fold of her garment’s grace?
Breathless in awe shall the angels listen
While we, the fallen, declare her ours
Though all the stars of the morning glisten
Around her circlet of skyey flowers?
For only God and ourselves may claim
This loveliest, spotless, and sinless on
And call her “Mother”—O matchless name!
Whose God and Creator is her Son.
Who shall have words for that breathless hour
When death’s dark slumber is past awhile,
And heaven unfolds like a glowing flower
That blooms forever in Mary’s smile?
Mater Amabilis! Mother-my-own,
How shall I wait all the long years through,
Unsated with beauty, in exile lone,
Searching the skies for a sight of you!
“Mater Amabilis” from p. 43 of Our Lady of Springtime, by Sr. Mary Jean Dorcy, O.P.
and he bore the burdens of poverty for himself and the Holy Family,
whose tender and vigilant head he was."
- Pope Pius XI
WORK AS AN EXPRESSION OF LOVE
Work was the daily expression of love in the life of the Family of Nazareth. The Gospel specifies the kind of work Joseph did in order to support his family: he was a carpenter. This simple word sums up Joseph's entire life. For Jesus, these were hidden years, the years to which Luke refers after recounting the episode that occurred in the Temple: "And he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them" (Lk 2:51). This "submission" or obedience of Jesus in the house of Nazareth should be understood as a sharing in the work of Joseph. Having learned the work of his presumed father, he was known as "the carpenter's son."
a reflection on the Paschal Triduum
by a Marian Sister of Santa Rosa
It must be that my soul’s eyes
See the clearer for the fast,
For in the Triduum I see
The inscape of the Mass
Do not Apostle’s gather ‘round
The table where He dines?
Does not He feed us from His hands
The self-same bread and sacrifice?
Does He not stoop to wash me clean
With water from His Side;
And does He not give me to drink
His Precious blood for wine?
remain a reflection of the unfathomable mystery
which engulfs and inhabits the world."
- Pope St. John Paul II: Letter to Artist (1999)
And like the deer for running streams
How my eyes thirst to see You!
At Christmas I beheld You
By angel choirs adored, but now
Their “Glorias” are gone and with them…my Lord?
To the ‘tonus peregrinus’ does my soul sigh, forlorn;
Has the Sanhedrin taken Him?
Where has my Beloved gone?
For even on the Cross, I see Him
Shrouded from my gaze;
His royal purples hide Him
Unto the end of these forty days.
I hunger for You, Adonai,
And will you hide from me?
Come back to me, Beloved,
Whose Face I long to see…
A Marian Sister of Santa Rosa
This truth does not simply express a daily experience of faith,
but recapitulates the heart of the mystery of the Church.
In a variety of ways She joyfully experiences the constant fulfilment of the promise:
'Lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age' (Mt 28:20),
but in the Holy Eucharist, through the changing of bread and wine
into the body and blood of the Lord,
she rejoices in this presence with unique intensity."
- Pope St. John Paul II: Ecclesia de Eucharistia
Mary's Hands & Heart