Friday, December 01, 2006
Two American girls become nuns in Italy...
On Monday, October 30, 2006, five ladies under the age of 30 made their first profession of vows as Sisters of the Adorers of the Royal Heart of Jesus Christ Sovereign Priest (a French Order of Sisters whose convent is located near Florence, Italy: http://www.institute-christ-king.org/AdorersRoyalHeart.htm ).
These sisters pray the Office and Mass exclusively according to the pre-conciliar Tridentine Rite.
During the ceremony the 5 brides were walked down the aisle by their fathers in their wedding gowns, were vested with the habit of the order and then received their new names of religious profession.
I made the trip into the Tuscan hills near Florence to attend the ceremony in the tiny hamlet of Gricigliano up the hill from the little town of Sieci. His Excellency the Most Rev. Luciano Giovannetti, Bishop of nearby Fiesole, was the celebrant.
Of the 5 young ladies who were professed, one was from Green Bay, Wisconsin and the other from Saint Paul, Minnesota. These sisters have yet to be consecrated and espoused to Christ their Bridegroom with their final solemn profession of vows which will occur a few years from now. The sisters have already completed one year of postulancy and now is their novitiate time in which they wear a white veil.