First Professioin of Vows
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
"Receive this veil which proclaims that you belong entirely to Christ the Lord in the service of the Church. In imitation of your Immaculate Mother Mary, may you be an image of the Church: wholly given in humility of heart to Christ who is loved above all others."
- presentation of the blue veil -
"Temporary profession of vows ... prepares the sister for perpetual profession. These vows by which she pledges herself to the practice of the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience show forth the unbreakable bond of union that exists between Christ and His bride, the Church. Desiring to strengthen these bonds and to “derive still more abundant fruit from the grace of her baptism”, a sister makes public profession of the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, is consecrated to God through the ministry of the Church, and is incorporated into the community with the spiritual benefits, rights and duties defined by law.
"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
"Lord, look upon these Religious who wish to imitate Your Son more closely
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
"I ask to be permitted to live the life of a Marian Sister of Santa Rosa.
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
“Loving slaves of Jesus in Mary should hold in high esteem devotion to Jesus,
the Word of God, in the great mystery of the Incarnation, [on] March 25th,
which is the mystery proper to this devotion…”
excerpt from St. Louis Marie de Montrfort's True Devotion in the Preparation for Total Consecration
In the marvelous lilt of the Church’s song of fasting and feasting, it is with the joy of hearts made pure by the austerities of Lent that we rejoice to celebrate our patronal feast: the Solemnity of the Annunciation. In the 10th anniversary of our founding, we delight—like a child who has discovered in itself its parents beloved features—to unite with Our Lord’s dependence upon the Blessed Virgin Mary and Our Lady’s great “Fiat”, that made possible the marriage of heaven and earth by the union of the Divine Nature and Sacred Humanity of the Eternal Son in her blessed womb.
"The Virgin Mary was taken up to the heavenly bridal chamber
where the King of kings is seated on a heavenly throne."
- Antiphon from Vespers of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
On the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary we celebrate Our Lady being assumed, body and soul, into Heaven where she is fully united to her Creator and Lover of her soul. So too on Sunday did we celebrate the reception of Postulants into the chamber of our community, where each Sister lives with her Divine Spouse.
Heart of Jesus, I adore Thee
Heart of Mary, I implore Thee
Heart of Joseph, good and just…
In these three Hearts I place my trust.
"Suscipe me, Domine, secundum eloquium tuum et viviam,
et non confundas me ab expectation mea."
After the profession of Holy Vows, wherein, the Religious is now perpetually professed, she implores Our Lord to receive her in His great mercy chanting: “Receive me, O Lord, according to Thy word, and I shall live:
and let me not be confounded in my hope” (from Psalm 119)
St. Joseph is also a particular model for our religious community. We are, by the essential elements of our charism, a Marian, Ecclesial, and Eucharistic community. These facets of our spirit find expression in, among other areas: our total consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary, daily Eucharistic Adoration, and praying for priests, respectively. In each of these, we can look to St. Joseph to learn how to live our consecrated lives in a way most pleasing to Our Beloved Jesus.
Last Saturday, on the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lady in the temple, we witnessed the most awe-inspiring profession of perpetual vows of Sr. Mary Vianney, MSSR and Sr. Caritas Marie, MSSR. Heaven was rejoicing as Jesus gained two beautiful brides for eternity. Join us in rejoicing with the angels and thanking God for His abundant blessings!
Perpetual Profession Slideshow
As we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King (OF) immediately following the Perpetual Profession of Vows of our two Sisters, we reflect gratefully on His Kingship in our lives as His spouses.