Our first Sisters professed their vows in Mornese, Italy on August 5, 1872 and our Sisters traditionally profess their vows on the same day. On July 20, seven of our Sisters renewed their vows of poverty, chastity and obedience and gave thanks to God for the gift of their vocation. Combined, these Sisters have served the Church for 365 years. We thank God for their witness of joy-filled fidelity to God and to the young!
On August 4, we celebrated the renewal of vows of three of our junior professed Sisters and on August 5, we rejoiced with Sr. Sydney Moss as she said YES forever as a Salesian Sister. The Church asks that all consecrated religious make the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience for at least six years before making perpetual vows. Our temporary professed Sisters renew their vows every year for four years, the last time renewing them for two years. Sr. Monica Wheeler renewed her vows for the first time and Sr. Melissa Benitez and Sr. Quynh Pham renewed their vows for the second time. We thank them for their “yes” and pray for their holy perseverance! Sr. Sydney Moss shared her sentiments by stating: “On August 5, I had the joy of saying my forever “yes” to the Lord as a Daughter of Mary Help of Christians! One of the biggest gifts I received was being able to spend the month of July in northern Italy and making a pilgrimage to all the places where St. John Bosco and St. Mary Mazzarello lived. I was filled with much joy as the stories of our founders came to life, and I came to a much deeper understanding of how God is inviting me to continue their legacy of leading the young to Christ. I am very thankful to God for the gift of my vocation and for all the people He has put in my life to help me fulfill it. May St. John Bosco and St. Mary Mazzarello intercede for all our Sisters that we may be renewed with the same missionary zeal they had! And may many more young people choose to give their lives in service to the young as they did!”