Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (FSPA)

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FSPA joins to celebrate as Sister Laura professes final vows

Sister Laura Nettles and Sister Celesta Day with FSPA ring“She has a strong connection to community life. She is an asset to our community and we welcome her.” Those words, shared by Sister Linda Mershon, welcomed sisters and friends gathered in Mary of the Angels Chapel on May 25 to receive Sister Laura Nettles into perpetual vows—one day short of six years since her first vow profession. And to Sister Laura, Sister Linda offered, “God’s dream for you is fulfilled this day.”

Sister Laura Nettles reciting vowsSister Laura’s profession day was surrounded by the theme of “light.” The Gospel reading, Matthew 5:13-16, offered this: “... your light will shine before others ... they will see your good deeds.” Presider Father Conrad Targonski offered this enlightenment “... the sky is the limit ... we are with you as you’re about to embrace this wonderful light.”

Representing Sister Laura’s local community, Mindful Hearts, Sisters Marlene Weisenbeck and Celesta Day offered a reflection. Sister Marlene read, “Your friend, St. Bonaventure, reminded you of ‘every good and perfect gift’ that comes from this God of eternal Light seeking fulfillment in the universe, in all God’s creation, in the worlds of the heavens, the earth, all humanity, truly in all of us, in you. In the Scripture readings which you have chosen, I believe you are acknowledging a personal charism of yours–that of being a light for the world.”

In closing, Sister Marlene enthusiastically proclaimed: “In gratitude for your light, your salt, your truth, your fearlessness, we say ‘Eucharisteo.’ Be empowered by the Holy Spirit! And may the Gospel narrative be big enough to fit your life.”


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