Sisters Celebrate Perpetual Profession of Vows in Lodi, New Jersey
From L: SM Juanita Arnister pins corsage on S Grace Marie Del Priore;
The Mass of Thanksgiving for the Perpetual Profession of Public Vows of S Dong Hong Marie Zhang and S Grace Marie Del Priore was celebrated on Saturday, August 26, at the Immaculate Conception Chapel in Lodi, NJ. The two sisters had made their final profession on August 2 in Chicago, IL, during the concluding Celebration of the Eucharist of the Provincial Chapter.
More than 125 guests of Sister Dong Hong and Sister Grace as well as Felician Sisters from the New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania areas came together to give Praise and Thanksgiving to God, which was the theme of the Eucharistic celebration.
|Msgr. Joseph M. Curry, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Spotswood, where Sister Dong Hong resides, was the celebrant. Before the liturgy began, he expressed his extreme gratitude for having the opportunity to celebrate this special liturgy.|
Father Noel Danielewicz, OFM, Conv, chaplain to the Felician Sisters in Enfield, CT, was the homilist. He noted that the profession of final vows made by Sister Dong Hong and Sister Grace is a covenant response just as in the Sacrament of Matrimony.
Father Noel described the gift of Blessed Angela Truszkowska, foundress of the Felician Sisters, and how that gift, begun in Poland, has spread throughout the world to Brazil, the Americas, China, and Haiti. The spousal love practiced by all religious is based on the love of Jesus, the members of the community, the entire Church, and the whole world.
|Music ministers at the Mass were S Maria Magdalena Vallellanes, cantor; SM Virginia Tomasiak, organist; Dave DeRienzo, trumpeter; five international sisters who study at Felician University and five Felician Sisters. Sister Virginia said, “The congregation was most spirited in joining the choir during the celebration.”|
Music ministers at the Mass were S Maria Magdalena Vallellanes, cantor; SM Virginia Tomasiak, organist; Dave DeRienzo, trumpeter; five international sisters who study at Felician University and five Felician Sisters. Sister Virginia said, “The congregation was most spirited in joining the choir during the celebration.”
After the celebration of the Eucharist, guests made their way to the new Immaculate Conception Convent for the reception where the third floor meeting room was transformed into a dining room. Decorations proclaimed the special day.
|Sister Dong Hong received a unique collective gift. A large poster with pictures of the various Chinese groups to which she ministers was passed around during the dinner for everyone to sign and then given to her at the end of the day. This gift was most meaningful for her bank of memories.|
Speaking for the Felician Sisters of North America, Sister Virginia offered praise to God for “the gift of Sister Dong Hong Marie Zhang and Sister Grace Marie Del Priore who have generously become permanent members of our Felician Franciscan family.”