Three Sisters of Life made final vows on Aug. 6, the feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. Cardinal Dolan served as principal celebrant and homilist of the Mass of Perpetual Profession at the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist in Stamford, Conn. Concelebrants included Rochester Bishop Salvatore R. Matano.
Sister Mary Margaret Hope, S.V., 32, was raised in Toronto. She earned a bachelor’s degree in astrophysics from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and a master’s in astronomy from Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. Before entering the Sisters of Life in 2011, she was pursuing a Ph.D. in astronomy at Harvard, studying magnetic activity in dwarf stars. She will be director of the Dr. Joseph R. Stanton Library and the Sisters of Life Archives in the Bronx as of Aug. 21. She has served in the outreach and spiritual accompaniment of college students in Colorado, and in the Visitation Mission in Manhattan, to explore life-giving options and provide resources and practical support to women experiencing unexpected pregnancies or adverse prenatal diagnoses. The daughter of Reginald and Mary McLean, she has an older brother, Joseph McLean.
Sister Josephine Rose, S.V., 32, was raised in Milton, Vt., where she attended St. Ann’s parish. She earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and religious studies from St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt. Before entering the Sisters of Life in 2011, she served as director of Joseph’s House, a community outreach program in Burlington, Vt., and worked in human resources for the Diocese of Burlington. She currently serves as assistant to the novice director at Annunciation Motherhouse in Suffern. She has also served in the accompaniment of women facing a crisis pregnancy through the Visitation Mission in Toronto, and assisted in retreats and evangelization in Canada, as well as the Villa Maria Guadalupe spiritual mission and retreats in Stamford. The daughter of Steve and Lori Daudelin, she has a younger brother, Christopher Daudelin.
Sister Faith Marie, S.V., 31, was raised in Glenview, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Before entering the Sisters of Life in 2011, she was pursuing a doctorate in pharmacy at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She will be the local superior of Annunciation Motherhouse in Suffern, beginning Aug. 21. She has served in the Generalate Mission at the motherhouse, and most recently in the Visitation Mission in Manhattan. The oldest child of Ned and Gail Zerwic, she has four siblings: Ned Jr., Timothy, Mary Beth and Melissa Zerwic.
On Aug. 4, 11 Sisters of Life professed first vows at Holy Spirit Church in Stamford, Conn. Auxiliary Bishop Richard G. Henning of Rockville Centre offered the Mass of Profession and delivered the homily.
Sister Luca Benedict, S.V., 35, of Secaucus, N.J., completed a residency in internal medicine with a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine. Her twin sister, Sister Pia Jude, S.V., is the assistant director of the Respect Life Office for the Archdiocese of New York.
Sister Tirzah Mariae, S.V., 31, of Grand Coteau, La., holds a bachelor’s degree in fashion design, worked in the fashion industry in New York City and designed costumes for Broadway plays.
Sister Cora Caeli, S.V., 29, of Pleasant Valley, served Catholic youth at Camp Gray in Madison, Wis. She is the daughter of Deacon John and Nancy Dunn of St. Stanislaus parish, Pleasant Valley.
Sister Mary Catherine, S.V., 29, of Brewerton, holds a bachelor’s degree in recreation therapy, and worked in a nursing home and as a FOCUS missionary.
Sister Madeleine Agnes, S.V., 29, of Edmonds, Wash., worked in dietetics in Vermont and was a FOCUS missionary.
Sister Lumen Gloriae, S.V., 28, of Blair, Neb., holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, and was a FOCUS Missionary.
Sister Martha Maria Guadalupe, S.V., 28, of Mendota Heights, Minn., holds a bachelor’s degree in theology and Spanish and has served as a FOCUS missionary.
Sister Desirae Purissima, S.V., 27, of Orient, S.D., earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary math education from the University of South Dakota and served as a FOCUS missionary.
Sister Charity, S.V., 26, of Orillia, Ontario, earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario.
Sister Gloria Maria, S.V., 26, of Needham, Mass., graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in engineering.
Sister Juliana Faustina, S.V., 24, of Cranston, R.I., earned a degree in accounting from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and worked in marketing for BirthChoice in Dallas.