|Postulants Request Admission to Felician Novitiate
Having completed a year of postulancy under the direction of SM Dorothy Young, Postulants Agnes Trojnar and Gabriella Ianieri discerned their readiness to take the next step and to continue in the Felician formation program as novices.
Both Agnes and Gabriella requested admission to the novitiate of the Felician Congregation in Our Lady of Hope Province this morning.
The simple ceremony took place in the chapel of Our Lady of Hope Provincial House in Beaver Falls, PA, before the concluding rite of the Eucharistic liturgy celebrating the feast of the Birth of Mary. Father Samuel J. Esposito was the celebrant and homilist.
In the presence of the provincial house community, SM Christopher Moore, provincial minister, asked each postulant if her request was “made for the love of God, willingly and deliberately?” Agnes and Gabriella each answered affirmatively and promised “to try to observe all that [they] will be taught.” Also present was S Desiré Anne-Marie Findlay.
Following the Mass that also celebrated this 152nd anniversary of the affirmation of the Felician Congregation, the postulants joined the sisters and Father Sam in the dining room for breakfast.
The Rite of Initiation will take place on Sunday, October 22, in the presence of the sisters attending the Provincial Assembly at the Holiday Inn Chicago North Shore in Skokie, IL. The Mass of Thanksgiving will be celebrated at Mother of Good Counsel Convent Chapel in Chicago, IL, the following day.
Agnes, who is from Perth Amboy, New Jersey, came to know the Felician Sisters when her pastor encouraged her to visit the Convent of San Damiano in Perth Amboy where she met with SM Rebecca Piatek and S Dorothy Mary Sajczuk to discuss her leanings and to find out information about the Felician Sisters. The visit culminated with coffee, dessert, and an invitation to come back for Evening Prayer and supper.
Gabriella, a native of Italy, came to know the Felician Sisters while completing her doctorate in philosophy at Our Lady Mediatrix of Graces Generalate in Rome where she lived for approximately a year and a half.