Hope you like the mitre - it used to belong to Giuseppe Cardinal Siri!
It's been an amazing past few days. We just spend five days in Liguria, on the Italian Riviera. We made the trip from Rome to witness a very, very special and a very, very rare ceremony - the Ritus Professionis Votorum Solemnium (the consecration of new sisters) according to the old Rituale Romano - Seraphicum.
Nothing like this had been seen around here for decades. People had even forgotten that anything like this existed now or even once upon a time. None of us in our lives had ever seen anything like it.
Just imagine: seven young women made final vows as cloistered Franciscan sisters in Italy according to the usus antiquior of the Roman rite. They were described as being seven roses. As the gloved bishop placed a crown of thorns atop the veiled head of each, there wasn't a dry eye in the church.
The sisters are the Sorores Franciscanae Immaculatae Virginis. They're a new order. Their founder, now venerable in age, was one of twenty-two children and his parents were followers of Padre Pio. The cloister of the sisters is located in in the town of Castello, in Italy.
The ceremony took place in the basilica of the resort town of Imperia, overlooking the Ligurian Sea. The local ordinary sang the Mass while the cloistered sisters made up the choir.
History in the making, every day of the year.
See their site here: http://www.immacolata.com/