Sisters of the Holy Family make professions of vows
Four women will take another step in their religious life toward final profession in the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family with a Mass Aug. 15 at 10 a.m. at the sisters’ motherhouse, 6901 Chef Menteur Hwy., New Orleans.
Archbishop Gregory Aymond will be the principal celebrant.
Sister Mary Francis Bard will renew her vows of poverty, chastity and obedience; Sister Marie Elizabeth Jerry and Sister Judithmarie Udofia will profess first vows, and Alma Orji will become a novice in the community.
Sister Mary Francis is a native of Greenville, Kentucky. She entered the community on Sept. 8, 2012. She spent her formation years under the direction of Sister Francella Jackson and Sister John Mary Jackson. She made first vows on Aug. 15, 2015.
During the past year, she has worked with senior citizens at Delille Inn and volunteered at the Love in Action Outreach Center, serving the poor and homeless.
Sister Mary Francis said her experience working with senior citizens has been rewarding. She said serving at the outreach center made her aware that a person may have a full-time job but still be at living at the poverty level and in need of help.
Sister Marie Elizabeth is a native of Covington. She entered the community on May 3, 2013. She has spent the last year in the novitiate studying in school and helping out at St. John Berchmans Child Development Center with the 2- and 3-year-olds. Sister Marie Elizabeth said her time as a novice was a gift and also an opportunity to listen more closely to God.
Sister Judithmarie is a native of Calabar-Cross River State, Nigeria, Africa. She entered the community on Aug. 9, 2013. She has a bachelor’s degree in science education and spent the last year teaching science in the middle school at St. Mary’s Academy. She said she is “looking forward to experiencing a new dimension of religious life as a junior professed sister, and I pray for vocations into religious life and the priesthood.”
Alma Orji is a native of Nigeria, Africa. She entered the community on Sept. 8, 2015. She is a candidate for the novitiate and spent the last year learning about the history, spirituality, mission and charism, methods of prayer and the lifestyle and culture of the Sisters of the Holy Family.
She also participated in the ministry by assisting the teacher in the 3-year-old classroom at St. John Berchmans Child Development Center.
“Religious life is a life of faith lived in community” she said, adding that she prays that “with the help of God she will persevere to remain a prophetic witness for God and his people.”