Fri 18 May, 2012
Tags: Benedictine Sisters, Clyde, Monastic Profession, Novice, Sister Bede, Sister Carmela, Sister Lucilla, Sister Mary Jane, Sister Maryellen, Sister Pascaline, Sister Ruth
As we prepared for those celebrating their 60th jubilees of monastic profession this year, our archivist unearthed this wonderful photo of our novices in 1951. It’s remarkable how many familiar faces there are in this group (please click on the photo to enlarge).
Here are the numbers: Twenty-one novices stand on the steps to the front entry of the Clyde monastery in May 1951. Twelve of these young women later made monastic profession – many who are celebrating or just recently marked their 60th jubilee.
Six have since passed and many will recognize the remaining, those who have devoted their lives to a monastic calling to God and to the Eucharist: Sister Mary Jane Romero (front row, third from right); Sister Carmela Rall (front row, second from left); Sister Maryellen (front row, far right); Sister Bede (second row, second from left); Sister Pascaline Coff (second row, far right); and Sister Lucilla Scurlock (third row, second from right).
As our Sister Ruth Elaine recently remarked, “Even though there is much talk about the aging population of religious communities today, to have these wisdom figures in our community is truly a blessing. One of our ‘elders’ was visiting a newly founded community a few years ago and a young sister told her, ‘We wish we had some wisdom figures in our own community.’”
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