On September 8th, 2014, Sister Mary Imelda, novice, the former Mary-Kate Duffy of Shirley, Massachusetts, made her vows to Our Lord, Jesus Christ, as His bride. The touching ceremony began when she walked down the aisle in her bridal gown on the arm of her father, and followed by her flower girls, her two younger twin sisters.

A sung Mass was celebrated by Father Neil J. Roy and assisted by many altar servers, including Sister Mary Imelda’s brother, Joseph Duffy. At the Offertory, Sister profoundly bowed then publicly renounced the world and professed her vows, signing them on the altar. She was then blessed and given the habit and black veil of the professed members of the Order she then walked out of the chapel as the choir of Brothers and Sisters chanted traditional hymns.

Moments lapsed and Sister returned, in her black habit, symbolizing her death to this world that she might live now, anticipating the eternal nuptials yet to come. Mass then continued bringing Christ present on the altar and in Communion. After Mass the community and guests celebrated the happy event with cake. A private reception followed later that afternoon.

What a glorious way to celebrate the birthday of the Mother of God! May Our Lady always guide and protect our new MICM Sister as she continues her journey toward the eternal nuptials! Veni Sponsa Christi!

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