First Professions of Vows in India


On 3rd July 2024, Feast of St. Thomes the Apostle, three novice Sisters from our Community in India made their first profession of vows as Franciscan religious. The novices who made profession were Sisters Monica, Riyona and Jyotsna.  Their vows were received by Sister Promodini, the delegate of Mother General.

The professions of vows took place during a celebration of Mass in the Karunalaya priest home in Mysore Diocese.  Rev. Fr. Alfred John Mendonca, the Vicar General for Mysore Diocese was the main celebrant.  The Mass was concelebrated by many priests.  The three Sisters’ family members were guests at the celebration, along with representatives of local religious communities.  After professing vows, the Sisters were presented with the book of the Form of Life of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis and the FMSL Constitutions.  They also received their black veils and the medal of the FMSL Congregation.  The celebration was livestreamed by video call and Sisters from the UK and Ireland extended their congratulations and good wishes to the newly professed Sisters. 

At the end of Mass, the three professed Sisters delivered a speech of thanks in three languages: English, Kannada and Oriya.

The Sisters join Srs. Manju, Fatima, Sathya and Sujatha, already in temporary profession.  This stage lasts for three to five years, during which the Sisters’ vows are renewed annually.  On completion of this stage, they can apply to make a final profession of vows as FMSL Sisters for the rest of their lives.

Please remember in your prayers Sisters Monica, Riyona and Jyotsna as they continue their vocational journey as Franciscan religious.

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