Two women advance in vocational journeys

The Franciscan Sisters of Christ the Divine Teacher had a Sister renew her vows and another woman become a novice on Aug. 2 at St. Alphonsus Parish in Davenport. Attending the events were, front, from left, Ryan McKown, Sister M. Anthony (junior professed), Sister M. Seraphin (novice), Mother Susan Rueve, Adam McKown, Deacon Kevin Anstey; back, Father Thom Hennen, director of vocations for the Diocese of Davenport; Father Scott Lemaster, pastor of Assumption & St. Patrick Parish in Charlotte, St. Patrick Parish in Delmar, Immaculate Conception Parish in Petersville and Ss. Mary & Joseph Parish in Sugar Creek; Father Paul Appel, pastor of St. Alphonsus Parish in Davenport and St. Peter Parish in Buffalo, and Father Michael Phillips, a retired priest of the diocese.

DAVENPORT — On Aug. 2, two women took another step in their journey to religious life with the Franciscan Sisters of Christ the Divine Teacher.
Sister M. Anthony, who made her first profession last August, renewed her vows for another three years. That took place during the 8 a.m. Mass at St. Alphonsus Parish in Davenport.
Katrina Beck, who entered postulancy last year at this time, became a novice and took the name Sister M. Seraphin. She received her habit, a white veil indicating she is a novice, along with her new name.
According to Mother Susan Rueve of the order, the novitiate is normally a two year process, with the first year known as the canonical year. In this year the woman digs deeper into her relationship and knowledge of her beloved and begins to realize her identity as a religious. “She will be more reclusive and contemplative in her duties.”
During the second year of the novitiate, she’ll become more involved with the community’s common apostolate.

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