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7 Benedictine Ravens Make Final Vows

Of the 13 sisters taking final vows with the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George in Alton, Ill., Aug. 15 seven are former Benedictine College students.Five bishops concelebrated. Left to right: Cardinal Justin Rigali; Springfield, Ill., Bishop Thomas Paprocki; La Crosse Bishop William Callahan; Peoria Bishop Daniel Jenky; and Bishop Edward Rice, St. Louis Auxiliary.

Of the 13 sisters taking final vows with the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George in Alton, Ill., Aug. 15 seven are former Benedictine College students.

Five bishops concelebrated. Left to right: Cardinal Justin Rigali; Springfield, Ill., Bishop Thomas Paprocki; La Crosse Bishop William Callahan; Peoria Bishop Daniel Jenky; and Bishop Edward Rice, St. Louis Auxiliary.

7 Benedictine Ravens Make Final Vows

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Sister Mary George, Benedictine College class of 2005, makes her vows.
Sister Mary George, Benedictine College class of 2005, makes her vows.

On the Aug. 15 Feast of the Assumption at St. Mary’s Parish in Alton, Ill., seven former  students of Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., took their final vows as Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George .

The sisters took their final vows at St. Mary’s Parish in Alton, Ill., in a ceremony presided over by Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield, Ill. A Benedictine College professor who attended said the sisters sang the Raven fight song after the ceremony.

“It was a beautiful way to share the consecration and covenant with my family and friends present and to show them how much it means to me.  It was a day overwhelmed with grace that was indescribable,” Sister Mary George Brown, Class of 2005. “I turned my heart over to the One Who created it forever.”

Thirteen sisters in total made their final vows. This is the final step in a long process. The sisters have been in the convent  for 8-10 years: Three years of initial formation and the rest in temporary profession.

“Through Final Profession of Vows, the young Sister hands over her life to God ‘forever’ within our Community,” the sisters’ website explains. “She receives a ring as the sign of her commitment to Jesus.”

Seven of the sisters have attended Benedictine College.

“Not all of them graduated from the school, but they are all Ravens,” said Vocations Director Sister M. Consolata, FSGM.

Graduates:

  • Sister M. Catherine Welter, ’07
  • Sister Mary George Brown, ’05
  • Sister M. Vianney Ebben, ’08
  • Sister M. Christiana Lanuzga, ’11

Students who entered prior to graduating:

  • Sister M. Clementia Toalson (Tracy Toalson, studied with the class of ’05)
  • Sister Mary Jude Marsella (Rachel Marsella, studied with the class of ’06)
  • Sister Mary David Tappan (Andrea Tappan , studied with the class of ’05)

In his homily Bishop Paprocki told the sisters not to be satisfied with being good, but to be great, which means to be holy, to be a saint.

Four bishops, including Cardinal Justin Rigali, concelebrated, along with dozens of priests.

Benedictine College

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.