First Vows with the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon

October 16, 2020

16 days till National Vocation Awareness Week

#8 in a series of 25 short stories

First Vow ceremony August 15, 1987 with my classmate, Carol Hendricks

Two and a half years after entering religious life with the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon, I wrote a handwritten letter to the Superior General, Sister Fidelis Kreutzer to ask permission to make first vows.  My request was granted and on August 15, 1982, the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, my friends and family joined me for a very special day in my life.

Pronouncing my first vows with the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Aug. 15, 1982

These temporary vows, commonly called first vows, are canonically binding for a particular length of time, often ranging from one to three years. During this time, the sisters engage in ministry and live in community. At the end of this period, the vows can be renewed.

After my first vows, I continued to teach at St. Mary of the Valley High School (Later named Valley Catholic).  I was still taking classes at PSU and classes in Formation.  Life was great.  I was getting into the groove of education and I was very busy.  I enjoyed learning and I enjoyed teaching.  Life of Christ was the religion class I taught, and sophomores took my class.  I started helping Sister Catherine Hertel on her high school retreats.  I was quickly getting involved in activities and I liked it.  The students at the school were great people from wonderful families.  I felt blessed to work there.

2 thoughts on “First Vows with the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon

  1. I am loving your blog. I never knew that Sr. Fidelis had been Superior General. She was my 7th & 8th grade teacher & school principal in 1967-1969.


    1. Thank you for commenting, Denise. Sr. Fidelis was a giant in our community. She had a huge heart and gave all she had. She was loved and respected by family, community, students and parents and community leaders outside of our community. I am glad you had her for a Principal.


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