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Three Sisters celebrate their Diamond jubilees

The Community celebrated the diamond anniversary of monastic profession for three Sisters on the weekend of the Assumption of Mary: Sister Maria Volk, 70 years; Sister Claudia Cherro, 60 years; and Sister Theresa Spinler, 60 years.

2021 jubilarians (left to right) Sister Claudia Cherro, Sister Theresa Spinler, and Sister Maria Volk, with Prioress Beverly Raway
2021 Diamond jubilarians (left to right) Sister Claudia Cherro, Sister Theresa Spinler, and Sister Maria Volk, with Prioress Beverly Raway

On August 14 at Evening Prayer, Sister Claudia Cherro and Sister Theresa Spinler renewed their vows in chapel before the Community. Together they sang the Suscipe three times, each time on a higher note: “Receive me, O Lord, according to Your word and I shall live, and do not fail me in my hope.” Each time the Community responded with, “We have received, O Lord, Your mercy in the midst of Your temple.”

SisterTheresa Spinler and Sister Claudia Cherro sing the Suscipe at their 60th jubilee.
Sister Theresa Spinler and Sister Claudia Cherro sing the Suscipe at their 60th jubilee.

Both had written by hand the vow formula that promised stability, fidelity to the monastic way of life, and obedience: the foundations of community life. The more familiar promises of poverty and chastity are part of fidelity to monastic life. Together Sisters Theresa and Claudia read their vows, then placed them on the altar and signed them. Prioress Beverly Raway then countersigned, accepting their promises in the name of God.

Sister Theresa Spinler and Sister Claudia Cherro recite their vows to God at their 60th Jubilee.
Sister Theresa Spinler and Sister Claudia Cherro recite their vows to God at their 60th Jubilee.
Sister Claudia Cherro signs her vows.
Sister Claudia Cherro signs her vows.
Sister Theresa Spinler signs her vow renewal at 60th jubilee.
Sister Theresa Spinler signs her vows.

After the renewal of vows, the Community applauds Sisters Claudia and Theresa.
After the renewal of vows, the Community applauds Sisters Claudia and Theresa.

At Mass on Sunday, the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven, Sister Beverly gave all three Sisters her blessing. We then gathered for dinner in the dining room to celebrate with our Sisters.

Sisters Claudia Cherro and Theresa Spinler process in at Mass.
Sisters Claudia Cherro and Theresa Spinler process in at Mass with their lamps.
Sister Maria Volk at Mass on Solemnity of the Assumption.
Sister Maria Volk at Mass on Solemnity of the Assumption.

On Sunday afternoon, Sister Maria Volk renewed her vows in the presence of the Sisters on Benet Hall.

At an afternoon celebration on Benet Hall, Sister Maria Volk renews her vows.
At an afternoon celebration on Benet Hall, Sister Maria Volk renews her vows.
Three lamps, signs of the flame of faith for each jubilarian.

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