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Young woman professes vows of poverty, chastity, obedience, enclosure
By Agnieszka Krawczynski

Photo caption: Sister Agnes Marie Jose, OSC (left), makes her first profession while placing her hands in the hands of abbess Sister Marie-Celine Campeau, OSC. Photo submitted to BCC.

While some young women used New Year's Day to commit to eating more healthily, exercising more, or spending less time texting, Sister Agnes Marie Jose, OSC, embraced resolutions of a different kind.

At St. Clare's Monastery in Mission, she made her first profession Jan. 1, professing vows of poverty, chastity, obedience, and enclosure.

"It involved the renunciation of everything and everyone I knew and loved to embrace a life of penance, poverty, prayer, and hidden sacrifice," she explained.

Sister Agnes Marie is now only one step and three years away from making her solemn profession.

She describes living out the same vows and lifestyle as the Poor Clare sisters as "the most radical way of giving my life to God."

The Poor Clares' ministry is one of prayer. Sister Claire Marie, OSC, said the sisters daily participate in the Holy Eucharist, adoration, private prayer, spiritual reading, and the rosary. There is also time for work and recreation.

"Like Moses up on the hill with arm outstretched, interceding for his people who were fighting down in the valley, I want to help as much as I can," said Sister Agnes Marie.

"I understand the great need for continual prayer in the war against evil, especially in our world today."

A few years ago Sister Agnes Marie, then known as Angel Jose, was a fourth-year student at Simon Fraser University. (She was featured in The B.C. Catholic Jan. 17, 2011, just after entering the convent.)

Influenced by Catholic Christian Outreach, she began to learn more about her faith and discovered a desire to give herself to God completely.

"My heart was just full of love and gratitude for His love and mercy, and I wanted to love Him totally Who gave Himself totally," she said.

Sister Agnes Marie "was a wholesome young woman who was serious about her prayer life and desirous of knowing God's will for her life," commented Sister Claire Marie.

Living in a cloistered community means having limited contact with family and friends, something Sister Agnes Marie said was very difficult for her.

"A continual, silent self-emptying for the sake of bringing souls closer to God: these were the desires of my heart. Though it is a life of sacrifice, the joys and graces I receive from the Lord far outweigh the costs."

Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, celebrated Mass for the profession ceremony held on the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God.

"It was a beautiful day to make my first profession, as I was aware of uniting my little fiat with our Blessed Mother's: 'Be it done unto me according to Thy word.'"

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 09:45  

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