“What joy it is to have such good sisters!” (Mother Francis Bachmann–Foundress)
The weekend of August 10-11 was an exciting one for the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia as they celebrated the profession of vows and welcomed three women into the congregation—the first in a number of years. On Saturday, August 10 Sisters Maria Anna Dela Paz and Kathryn Ann Dutrow professed their first vows and on Sunday, August 11, Sister Kathleen Mary Flood professed her final vows as a Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia.
As the sisters choose to enter into vowed life, they publicly profess to God the simple vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience in accordance with the Constitutions of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia. Rooted in faith and hope and sustained by charity, the sisters pledge to follow in the footsteps of the chaste, poor, and humble Jesus and to acknowledge the loving call to religious life. Welcome sisters!
First/Temporary vows are professed at the end of novitiate. They are taken for a short period of time and are renewed. Every religious congregation is a bit different, but the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia renews vows every year for five years, but the time frame can be extended to up to nine years for serious reasons.
At the end of the First/Temporary Vow period, Final/Perpetual vows are professed. These are for life. Our Constitutions, the rules we live by that are specific to our congregation, delineates what the rights and responsibilities are for sisters in Temporary and Final Vows.