Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - Updated: 11:30 am
Sister Regina Marie Garofalo made her first profession of vows Oct. 28 as a Felician Sister of North America. She was joined by family and friends in the chapel of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Convent in Moon Township.
The principal celebrant and homilist was Father Samuel Esposito, convent chaplain, along with concelebrants Father Alfredo Cento, Deacon Vincent Motto of Enfield, Connecticut, and Father Charles Cwanga Sekabira, who traveled from Rome for the occasion.
Cantors were Felician Sisters Mary Francine Horos and Judith Marie Blizzard.
Sister Regina Marie is from Erie, but had spent a lot of time at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School and the convent during her early discernment. She now lives in Beaver Falls at the Felician Provincial House and works at McGuire Memorial.
In his homily, Father Esposito noted that Sister Regina Marie’s willingness to follow Jesus evoked a response in her that is both personal and public.
“This response on her part … has been personal, something deep inside her … and has led her to this moment when she professes the vows of the congregation as the way she will make her response public,” he said.
Sister Regina Marie professed her vows before Sister Mary Christopher Moore, provincial minister. She then received the symbols of her profession as a Felician: a black veil to replace the white veil of the novice, the Felician crucifix, the Rule of St. Francis and the constitution of the congregation.
She also was presented with a candle lit from the paschal candle to remind her of the sacramental commitment of baptism, which has now been deepened by her profession of vows. In an act of veneration, Sister Regina Marie kissed relics of St. Francis of Assisi and Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska, foundress of the Felicians.
Afterward, the sisters and their guests enjoyed dinner in the convent’s Founders Hall, where members of Sister Regina Marie’s family expressed their gratitude for the warm Felician hospitality they had received and their joy that their daughter has embraced the Felician way of life.