|Professing my First Vows|
On that day I was asked:
Susan, what is it you ask this day before God, in the presence of this community of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, and in the presence of your family and friends.
And I answered:
In grateful response to the gift of God's peace and healing in my own life, I ask to live a life of love, faith and service as a Sister of St. Joseph of Peace. I pray that in my daily life, I may live and proclaim Christ's Gospel of Peace.
Then I was asked:How do you hope to live out your commitment?
And I answered
Trusting in God's faithful love and relying on the support and example of our sisters and all others who touch my life, I hope to live with an open heart by listening, pondering, and contemplating the word of God in my life and witnessing to it in action for justice and peace.
Then I was invited to profess my vows:
In response to God's call to seek justice, to love tenderly, and to walk in the way of Peace, I Susan Rose Francois, in the presence of Sheila Lemiuex, Congregation Leader, and in the presence of the community gathered here, vow to God poverty, celibacy and obedience for three years according to the Constitutions of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace.