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Perpetual profession at St. Benedict Monastery

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The Benedictine Sisters of Virginia received Benedictine Sister Katherine Elizabeth Fitzgerald to perpetual monastic profession at St. Benedict Monastery in Bristow Sept. 4.

Following a tradition dating back 1,500 years, Sister Kay publicly promised the triune Benedictine vows of obedience, stability and conversion to the monastic way of life. Benedictine Sister Joanna Burley, prioress, accepted Sister Kay’s handwritten profession document. With arms extended, Sister Kay then sang the centuries-old “Suscipe” prayer, “Receive me, O God, as You have promised that I may live, and disappoint me not in my hope” three times, with the Benedictine Sisters echoing it back each time in prayerful support. Sister Joanna then presented Kay with a ring signifying her perpetual commitment to God in the monastery.

Sister Kay hails from Georgia, where she was a member of St. Ann Church in Marietta. Father Kevin Hargaden, pastor of St. Matthew Church in Tyrone, Ga., presided over the Eucharistic rites. Many of Sister Kay’s family and friends attended the liturgy and witnessed the rite of monastic profession. Sister Kay will continue her ministries as administrator of human resources for the Benedictine Sisters and steward of St. Cecilia’s Guest House.

The Benedictine Sisters of Virginia have ministered in the dioceses of Richmond and Arlington since 1868.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2021