the newsletter of the Sisters of the Lamb of God
Slowly, prayerfully, but surely, I am making my way
through religious life. On August 15th (the Feast of the
Assumption), I entered the next stage—the canonical
year. What is the canonical year? Oh, I am so glad you
Before a sister gets to final vows, she has a few steps that
she has to climb. These steps are required by Canon Law
and are pretty much the same in every order; for the
Sisters of the Lamb of God, our staircase includes a two-
week get-to-know-you visit, a six-month candidacy,
followed by a one or two year postulancy, then comes
the two-year novitiate, temporary vows for six years, and
finally perpetual vows.
In a seminar on eco-spirituality, we learned how to pray to God
from the north, south, east, and west using the methods of tai
chi. We also learned how to be good stewards of the earth by
making our own cleaning products including laundry detergent.
|May the simple loving life of the Holy Family
bring you true peace, joy and hope in the coming year.
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In the Inter Community Novitiate (ICN) program I am
participating in, each order leads the group in prayer that
reflects the congregation's spirituality and charism.
When it came time for us to lead to lead the prayer, Sr.
Audrey Mary was unable to be there so Sr. Amanda from
the Daughters of Charity gave me a hand.
During the novitiate a year is set aside for intense
study and prayer called the canonical year because it
is required by Canon Law. Every congregation’s
canonical year looks very different and is based on
their order’s charism (the gift given to the founder by
the Holy Spirit for the basis of the order) and
One common denominator in the education of a
religious is the vows. We take the vows of poverty,
chastity, and obedience; some orders add vows, some
re-word the vows, but we have the same call and the
same mission. For me, I have learned part of the vow
of poverty is giving all to be in solidarity with those
who have the least, the vow of chastity is so special
because in choosing not to focus my love on one
person, I am able to love all, and with obedience I am
able to make the choice to obey which leads me on a
path to an even greater love for God. The vows are
not easy, but I wake up each morning thrilled that
God has chosen this path for me and that I heard His
call to my vocation and to the Sisters of the Lamb of
Because our rule is uniquely based on St. Ignatius of
Loyola—most are based on Augustine, Benedict,
Dominic, or Francis—I pray with meditations based
on his Spiritual Exercises. My studies also include
the Gospel of John and the Trinity within the
Gospel. When the Bible is examined from an
historical, timely religious, and political point the
Word of God becomes truly alive.
The most expensive, rigorous, and honored part of my
canonical year takes place in St. Louis. Every week Sr.
Audrey Mary and I travel to St. Louis (four hours away
from Owensboro) where I have a class at Aquinas Institute
on the History of the Vowed Life in the United States and
the Inter Community Novitiate (ICN). We stay overnight
at the Motherhouse of the very gracious and hospitable
School Sisters of Notre Dame.
ICN has been going strong for over 20 years and my class
is made up of novices from many different orders:
Daughters of Charity, Dominicans, Franciscans, Mercy
Sisters, Alexian Brothers, Missionary Oblates of Mary
Immaculate, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. We
have people from Zambia, India, the Philippines, parents,
veterans, a former lawyer—God calls everyone from
everywhere from every walk of life.
Different seminars are given each week at ICN; we learn
about the vows, the liturgy, how to pray, discernment and
transitions. We are also building fellowship which will
hopefully last throughout our lives.
Why St. Louis? There isn’t anything closer. Is it important? Yes.
Serving God is an honor and a blessing and what I learn here
makes me a better servant.
It is usually our sisters who make the eight-hour trek to St. Louis,
but one day we had to call on a very good friend of the
congregation. I was thanking her profusely for making the 422-
mile trip. She said, “I’m happy to do it! What you are learning
will help the Church.” She is one of the people who doesn’t just
pray for vocations, she makes it happen.
Thank you to everyone who has made my ICN experience
possible; your generosity has taught me so much and I will
always carry you in my prayers and thoughts.
Now…onto second semester!
(l) When the Dominicans lead the ICN prayer, they gave
everyone a quote to read as they tossed a ball of black and white
yarn while holding onto their piece of string. At the end we were
all connected by a huge web like the communion of saints.
|SR. MARISSA GOES BACK TO SCHOOL!
On April 30, 2013, I had the joy of visiting St.
Mary’s school in Temple TX where I had gone
many years ago. I talked with the middle school
students about vocations, sharing my vocation
story along with a power point presentation. I
emphasized that religious life was not boring and
that the students needed to pray to know their
vocation. The students received pens and holy
cards. They were given the opportunity to fill out
intention cards. In addition to the middle school
students I visited with the elementary students and
answered their questions about religious life. It
was a great experience.
Sr. Marissa fields questions to a class at St. Mary’s School in
photo courtesy of St. Mary’s School.
In July Sr. Marissa and Sr. Debra Ann went to Xavier
University in Cincinnati to the Bible Institute. They had
Mass every day in the chapel in the morning with
conferences afterwards. Sr. Marissa went to the
conferences on music and how it can enhance our experience
during Mass and at other times in our lives, and Marian
conferences. Sr. Debra Ann went to the conferences on the
Holy Spirit. In the evening other events were offered, one
of which was a play put on by local students called “The
Carpenter’s apprentice.” It was a story about a young man
who had injured his arm and could no longer work. He
became bitter as time went on, eventually met Jesus, and
Sr. Audrey Mary (l) and Sr. Debra Ann(r) sort through
donations which literally filled our guest room and spilled
over into our computer room.
We have made two more trips to Eastern Kentucky for
our partnership with the Christian Appalachian Project.
We delivered a variety of items which will go to their
Grateful Threadz store and we also participated in the
Compassion Care Basket Program.
It took a car and an SUV both packed to the brim to
bring all of these generous donations to the people at
the Christian Appalachian Project.
The Compassion Care Basket program distributes comfort
items as well as the necessities to the elderly and handicapped.
Thanks once again to many generous donations we were able to
bring Owensboro to Appalachia in full force.
Sr. Claire Marie (l) and Sr. Mary Herbert reminisce at a
Fourth of July party.
With great sadness we are saying goodbye to Sr.
Claire Marie as she returns to France to “retire”.
She arrived in Owensboro, KY in 1958 with a few
other sisters at the invitation of the first bishop of
Owensboro, Francis Cotton.
With her easy going manner and her beautiful smile
she won the hearts of many people by making each
person feel like he or she is the only one in the
room. Her mission in America included helping
mothers in their homes and founding the first
Catholic kindergarten in the city. She was also
instrumental in bringing the Montessori teaching
method to the area.
Sr. Mary Madeline (l) and Sr. Claire Marie (r) in Owensboro
during the 1960s.
As our new mission in Cameroon was growing Sr. Claire
Marie served as a nurse for almost 19 years. Then, she was
elected Superior General of our congregation for 12 years.
When her term was finished she returned to where her
mission work started—Owensboro.
For over a decade she has served as regional superior and she
has truly shown the spirit of the Lamb of God by simply her
life. She will be greatly missed, but we are happy because she
What does Christmas mean to you? Does it mean more stuff to buy for your kids or your grandkids to play
with? Or is it a time to give your kids and grandkids the real things that matter most to God? God wants us
to give each other the love that He gives us each and every day of the year not just one time of the year.
Jesus came as a tiny baby so that we could identify with him. This baby came to redeem us with his life.
Why? Because he loves us so very much. He thinks that we are worth it in every way possible. In one way
we realize that Jesus thinks we are “worth it” is to get rid of the “stuff” in our own lives. This is called
Advent when we begin to get rid of the “stuff” in our lives. We continue to get rid of the stuff the whole
year long. The dislike we have of this person or that person. How can we change that in our own lives?
Advent is just a time to let the change begin. We must begin small just as Jesus began life as a tiny baby.
And just as a baby begins to walk he will take a tumble and fall down, so will the changes in our lives cause
us to tumble and fall down, but just as a baby gets back up so must we. A baby gets help from his mother
and father and we can get help from God. That is what He is here for: to help us get to Him. He never wants
us to go back to our old ways; He always wants us to go forward towards Him. He is holding out His hands
to catch us every time. The King is here; let us welcome Him. Let us journey with Him towards Him.
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