Beginning the Perpetual Profession Ceremony

The Perpetual Profession ceremony is a beautiful time for women making the profession and the community. This ceremony takes place in the sacredness of Mass. The bishop of our diocese presides over the ceremony, or St. Meinrad’s abbot if the bishop is not available. And the prioress also plays an important role and gives the reflection after the Gospel reading.

The sister who is making the profession has spent time with the liturgy team to plan the ceremony. She picks out songs, readings, and Sisters who play different roles during the ceremony. 

Sister Rachel Geracitano prostrates in the aisle during her Perpetual Profession.
Sister Lisa Marie Schutz signs her document after reading her vows.

The sister will prostrate in the center aisle as the community sings the Litany of Saints. We are asking for them to watch over the Sister. Afterwards, the sister making the profession reads her vows of stability, obedience, and fidelity to the monastic way of life. After she states her vows, she takes her document to the Altar and signs it.