The summer of Christendom religious vocations reached its latest high point this past weekend, with alumna Maureen Dalley (’10) joining the Carmelites, Sr. Veronica Marie (Sarah Golden, ’12) making her first Monastic Profession as a Poor Clare nun, and Madre Theresa Elizabeth Dodge taking her solemn vows with the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Florence. The three vocations come on the heels of Miriam McShurley (’16) joining the Carmelites as well, raising the total number of 2016 summer vocations to nine.
Maureen Dalley earned her B.A. from Christendom in 2010, and began seriously discerning her vocation to the religious life earlier this year with the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles. On Friday, she entered into the postulancy of the Carmelites, where she will continue to live a life of prayer and union with God, as she moves toward making her first profession.
On Saturday, alumna Sarah Golden successfully made her own first profession as a Poor Clare, becoming Sr. Veronica Marie of the Bethlehem Monastery of Poor Clares in Barhamsville, Va. Sr. Veronica earned her B.A. from Christendom in 2012, where she actively discerned her vocation to the religious life.
An ocean away on September 2, Madre Therese Elizabeth Dodge (RSCJ) took her solemn vows in Italy. A 2006 graduate of Christendom, Madre Therese first encountered the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Florence while participating in the college’s Rome Program. With encouragement from the college’s chaplain, Madre Therese began discerning her vocation, and became a postulant in 2007.
Joining Dalley and Sr. Veronica in fulfilling a vocation to the religious life is Miriam McShurley, who began her postulancy at the Carmel of the Holy Trinity in Arlington, Tx., at the end of July. McShurley graduated from Christendom earlier this year, where she earned the Outstanding Philosophy Major award, and helped the girlfriend of a fellow student enter into the Church as her RCIA sponsor.
The total number of alumnae religious sisters is now at 50, with 79 men serving as priests across the globe. The college recently celebrated the ordinations of four new alumni priests over the course of this summer, and is currently praying for its 25 men currently in seminary, eight of whom are studying in the Diocese of Arlington, Va., alone — an incredible 18% of the 2016-17 class.
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