August 29, 2006

Novitiate Ceremony Saturday August 5

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet officially received Sarah Heger as a novice in a ceremony on Saturday evening in the motherhouse chapel. It was an occasion of joy and celebration for the community and an important step in Sarah's vocational journey.

Five of us will make up the Novitiate Community which will live at the motherhouse in St. Louis. Pat Quinn was the first to move in, and will serve as novice director. Pat had been serving in pastoral ministry in southwestern Missouri. Paula Michaud and Amy Hereford moved in at the end of July. Paula spent the last 23 years in Tuscon, AZ, most recently serving in the medical library of St. Joseph's Hospital. Amy has lived in another house in St. Louis for the past several years, and ministers as an attorney and consultant for Religious Orders and Nonprofit Organizations. Clare Spaeth was the next to move in. She too has been living in another house in St. Louis, and she ministers in hospice care with SSM. Sarah was the last to move in. She joined us after her ceremony on Saturday.

On Sunday, August 6, about 30 members of Sarah's family, gathered for a family reunion, enjoyed a tour of the motherhouse. Arriving in tee-shirts specially printed for the occasion by Sarah and her mother, the lively group toured the facility then joined the novitiate community in its third floor living area for a visit and light refreshments. The younger members of the group enjoyed collecting the signatures of family members and of the sisters on their tee-shirts.

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  1. Congratulations, Sarah! It was a wonderful day for all of us! We are so glad to have the five of you in the novitiate community join us in our life at Carondelet! We are all praying for you as you begin this journey! love, Georgia
    August 10 7:16 AM

  2. It was a privilege and a pleasure to be with you Sara, at your reception into the CSJ community, blessings on your journey into
    sisterhood as a csj. Also blessings on the lively little community that have joined you in the journey. your southern sister in alpharetta , Nancy
    August 11 7:57 PM

  3. It was wonderful sharing both the Federation 2006 Event, the Province Assembly, and the Reception Liturgy with you. You're in my thoughts and prayers for the days ahead.
    Alexandra (Lex) Guliano
    August 11 8:30 PM

  4. Hey, this will be nice once I get use to going to this site. I hope that the novitiate experience continues to delight and challenge all of you...blessings
    August 24 1:33 PM

  5. Hi Sarah - Just ran accross your blog. I was taught by the CSJ's in Fresno in the 1950's. Hated most of it (I was a bad boy) but now realize how it formed so much of my character. Good luck as you grow in your vocation.

  6. Likewise, I just came across your blog, Sarah. Congratulations with everything!! I was at the Motherhouse in February for an RCIA retreat and I met some of the sisters... they said you would be taking your Vows in August (maybe ??).

    Take care & all the best!
    God bless!!
    -John S.; K-G Seminary; Washington, MO