What is so special about August 15? In the Felician world, a whole lot. Not only is it the celebration of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, but it was also vow renewal day for S Desiré Anne Marie Findlay.
In a ceremony during Mass at Immaculate Conception Convent in Lodi, NJ, Sister Desiré made her temporary profession of vows for the second time. SM Christopher Moore, provincial minister, officially received the vows that were witnessed by S Judith Marie Blizzard, director of formation, and S Barbara Marie Brylka, co-director of the sisters in temporary profession.
Brother Dominic Michael Hart, a Franciscan Brother of Peace, was a special guest of Sister Desiré for the renewal.
In his homily, Father Leonard Stunek emphasized the call of the Blessed Virgin and Elizabeth as examples of being faithful to God–how they did not ignore the call of God, but wholeheartedly embraced it.
Because of the holy day, the entire community renewed their vows, thus making Sister Desiré’s fiat even stronger with her sisters’ fiats supporting her. The feast of the Assumption is also Sister Desiré’s feast day and, at breakfast, the sisters sang and wished her many blessings for the upcoming year.