Veni Sponsa Christi! Profession of Vows

I hear that some of you are so anxious to see some photos from Sr. Rose Marie’s First Profession of Vows. The visitors to the blog last Friday were almost double the usual amount – Perhaps hoping for some news about the festive day! Here are a few photos to whet your appetite…

Thanks to Larena Lawson there will be more to come later of the actual Profession Rite and Mass.


After professing her vows the Nun receives the black veil, the Passion Sign, the ring and the Profession Crucifix.

Here are the five vows the Passionist Nun freely professes:

  1. To Promote Devotion to and Grateful Remembrance of the Passion of Jesus
  2. Chastity
  3. Poverty
  4. Obedience
  5. Enclosure


 She then is given the cross and a crown of thorns; she wears the crown of thorns for the rest of the Mass.

Here is the “altar of sacrifice” and the chair in which the Superior sits. With the authority invested in her by the Church she is able to receive the vows of the religious. The vows are made for 3 years, then renewed for another three years. At the end of six years she will make perpetual profession. Pray for that blessed day!


  Later I will upload some photos of the actual rite and Mass



with faithful college friends from Texas A&M


  with Aunt Tina and Nanny


and her beloved family…

More to come later…


15 thoughts on “Veni Sponsa Christi! Profession of Vows

  1. I love Sr. Rose Marie. I appreciate her openess as she expresses how she has moved into her profession of her vows. At least once a week, I pray that continues on her path. (note: I also pray for all of the Passionate Nuns in residence and those on their way). Thank you for posting the pictures and the text. I am so happy for her.

  2. Congratulations, dear Sister! You look beautiful! We’re always so happy to see new novices in WHITE veils but there is something about the BLACK veil that says more than words can express!

    May the graces of this day increase and strengthen your fidelity to your Spouse who is ALWAYS faithful to you!

  3. Thank you for posting these beautiful photos. Sister Rose Marie looks exceedingly happy! What a lovely family and friends. How proud they look! I can’t wait to see the profession photos. God bless all of you for your devotion to Christ crucified and Our Lady of Sorrows.

  4. THANK YOU — what lovely pictures. Sister RM is radiant! I pray you continue to be blessed with new vocations!

  5. Blessings on Sr Rose Marie and all of you! I was one of those “haunting” the blog hoping for some photos and now there’s just enough to wet my appetite! I am really looking forward to seeing more of that wonderful service of Profession – it’s such a joy to share it with you (even virtually). You’re always in my prayers and one day I hope to come and meet you all” in person”.

    Sr Therese COS Cam

    That would be lovely

  6. Yay! Lovely pictures. Everyone looks super happy. Thanks for posting these and we look forward to seeing more!

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  8. Congratulations to Sister! May God continue to shower her — and all of you — with his graces.

  9. Hooray! I have questions, because I am nosy. (And after all, this is why you are on the web, right?) Is there any visible sign distinguishing the Temporary Professed from the Perpetually Professed? (E.g. in some communities, you receive the black veil at first profession and a profession ring at perpetual profession?)

    Good question! No, we do not have a visible sign distinguishing the temporary professed from the perpetually professed. Although, her life in community as a junior professed is different from that of a perpetually professed. Some communities give the ring at First Profession, some at Perpetual Profession. Both have their good reasons. God love you!

  10. Praise God! This made my heart so happy. I wish I could have been there, but be assured that I was there in spirit! Thank you, Sr. Rose Marie for the beautiful gift of yourself for God and the Church.

  11. yay! it was so beautiful! thanks for getting up and at ’em with pictures, can’t wait to see the full post. a word or two of reflection from sr. rose marie, perhaps?

    God bless y’all, ladies!

    It was great having you and the other college housemates here!

  12. I’m so happy for you dear sisters. I am very impatient to see the photos of the ceremony! Since France, I am in thought with you. God bless you all, and especially Sister Rose-Marie

  13. Heartfelt congratulations, Sr. Rose Marie !
    It seems like only yesterday that you were an aspirant. How good it is to see you reach this milestone in your religious life. Be assured of my continued prayers.

  14. A beautiful day. May I ask where the Profession Crucifix is worn, or is it kept in the Sister’s possession elsewhere? Thanks, your website is very inspiring.

    We keep our profession crucifix in our cell.

  15. I love reading all the comments and was wondering what daily life is like in the novitiate and how life is different in community for junior and perpetually professed?

    Ah…you asked a great question! And one that will take time to answer. Perhaps I can get one of the younger Sisters to write something up about this!


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