One of our Parishioners, Anna Harper, has answered Gods call to join the Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne. Their apostolate -- nursing incurable cancer patients who cannot pay for the care they need.
Please keep Anna in your prayer.
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Update on Sr. Regina Marie O. P., 3/31/14
On September 14, 2013, Sr. Regina Marie Harper, O.P. professed her vows at the chapel of the Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne in Hawthorne, N.Y. She is following in the footsteps of her relatives Fr. Paul Drone, Fr. Raymond Bruck, Sr. Mary Urban Drone and Sr. Lioba Bruck. In this ceremony she professed her first vows and advanced from the novitiate which she has been in for the past three years to being a consecrated religious. Sr. Regina Marie's vows were witnessed by the Dominican Sisters congregation, her grandmother, mother, father, step-mother, two brothers, niece, nephew, two uncles and their wives. Sr. Regina Marie has now assumed full time duties as a registered nurse caring for patients with incurable cancer at the home in Hawthorne, N.Y. This facility includes a hospital setting for the patients, a dormitory for the sisters and a chapel. All under one roof and set on a hill with surrounding grounds. Sr. Regina Marie was guided through her years in the novitiate (the first stage in her becoming a sister) by Sr. Alma Marie. In this year her formation consisted of study about the consecrated life, Dominican spiritually and other various topics, prayer, and limited time in the apostolate doing patient care. Communications were limited to the two others in initial formation and her novice mistress Sr. Alma Marie. Communication with family and friend was limited to one phone call per week as she studied and prayed to prepare for her vows. Foundresses' Mother Mary Alphonsa and Mother Mary Rose professed their vows on December 8, 1900. They decided to have all the sisters following to profess their vows on September 14, which is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. This tradition is continued to this day. This year the entire congregation renewed their vows, Sr. Regina Marie professed her first vows, and one postulant became a sister by receiving the habit of St. Dominic and her new name. This year we are expecting two sisters to make their perpetual vows, two sisters to renew their vows, one sister to make her first vows, and two postulants to become sisters and receive the habit of St. Dominic and their new names.
Anna's story in her words:
The thought of religious life has entered my mind and heart periodically since I was a child. During my school years and most of college I rarely thought that I would actually become a religious but the desire was there. I was not certain if this was my desire or God's desire for me so I often ignored it and went on with my daily routine. There was also a period of time when I had lost my faith, but God had different plans. I started attending Mass again and reconciled with the church. During my last semester of nursing school in 2008 I started attending daily Mass and Adoration. It was not long after this that I could no longer ignore the fact that there was a good chance God was indeed calling me to be a religious sister. After discerning this, the next question was “where was He calling me to serve Him?” I have worked with cancer patients for seven years and survived nursing school so I decided to start there. I looked for months at several different communities that were great but none that quite fit. Then one afternoon I decided to flip through a religious catalogue that I had and came across the Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne. They were a smaller community that worked with incurable cancer patients who could not afford care. I immediately was filled with an excitement and went online to read more about them. I somehow knew in my heart that God was calling me to be a part of their family but I still doubted. Several months later I attended a weekend discernment retreat with the Little Sisters of the Poor in Mobile, AL. After the retreat I felt renewed, refreshed and finally decided to call the vocation director at the Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne. A month later, by the grace of God, I ended up on their front door step during one of New York's worst snow storms. I spent a week with them. When I returned home I thought I knew this was where God wanted me but I still was filled with fear and doubt. I started looking at other communities but again none seemed to feel right. I went back to the Hawthorne Dominicans website to see some of the Sisters faces. I silently heard God tell me to stop looking, He desired this to be my family. Since that moment I have been filled with a peace and have not looked at any other communities. I will soon be entering the Dominicans Sisters of Hawthorne as a postulant to begin my new adventure with Christ. I continue to discern God's Will and ask for the graces to live life one day at a time and strive each moment to live for Christ through Mary. Take a walk with Sr. Regina Marie: