7 Benedictine Ravens Make Final Vows

  • Monday, August 20, 2012








Ravens made up more than half

of a group of 13 sisters who took

their final vows in their commitment

to the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George. Also pictured: Concelebrating bishops and sisters making their first profession and reception










On the Aug. 15 Feast of the Assumption at St. Mary’s Parish in Alton, Ill., seven former  students of Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., took their final vows as Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George.  The sisters took their final vows at St. Mary’s in a ceremony presided over by Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield, Ill. 

“It was a beautiful way to share the consecration and covenant with my family and friends present and to show them how much it means to me.  It was a day overwhelmed with grace that was indescribable,” Sister Mary George Brown, Class of 2005. “I turned my heart over to the One Who created it forever.”

Thirteen sisters in total made their final vows. This is the final step in a long process. The sisters have been in the convent  for 8-10 years: Three years of initial formation and the rest in temporary profession.

“Through Final Profession of Vows, the young Sister hands over her life to God ‘forever’ within our Community,” the sisters’ website explains. “She receives a ring as the sign of her commitment to Jesus.”

Seven of the sisters have attended Benedictine College. According to Dr. Frank Kessler, a Benedictine College professor who attended the service, the group sang the Raven fight song after the ceremony. 

“Not all of them graduated from the school, but they are all Ravens,” said Vocations Director Sister M. Consolata, FSGM.

Sister M. Catherine Welter, ’07
Sister Mary George Brown, ’05
Sister M. Vianney Ebben, ’08
Sister M. Christiana Lanuzga, ’11
Students who entered prior to graduating:
Sister M. Clementia Toalson (Tracy Toalson, studied with the class of ’05)
Sister Mary Jude Marsella (Rachel Marsella, studied with the class of ’06)
Sister Mary David Tappan (Andrea Tappan , studied with the class of ’05)

In his homily, Bishop Paprocki told the sisters not to be satisfied with being good, but to be great, which means to be holy, to be a saint. Four bishops, including Cardinal Justin Rigali, concelebrated, along with dozens of priests.