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St. Caroline Caritas.

Alumna Sr. Caroline Caritas of the Womb of Mary (Kelsey Ingold, ‘14) made her final vows with the Sisters of Life this past Saturday, August 6. Sr. Caroline Caritas, who has been with the Sisters of Life since 2014, is one of Christendom’s fifty-three alumnae sisters, devoting her life to poverty, chastity, obedience, and protecting and enhancing the sacredness of human life.

Sr. Caroline Caritas graduated from Christendom in 2014, earning her Bachelor’s degree in philosophy. Soon after, she joined the Sisters of Life in New York City. Her final vows on August 6 marked the final chapter in her vocational journey.

As a sister in the Sisters of Life, Sr. Caroline spends more than four hours a day in common prayer before the Blessed Sacrament while also taking part in the daily work of the Sisters, which includes the aid and support of pregnant women at convents in New York, the promotion of pro-life causes, providing crisis pregnancy help, hope, and healing for women after an abortion, retreats, and more. Her work brings her great joy and has a tremendous impact within the city.

“We are so blessed to have this gift of life that is entrusted to us,” explains Sr. Caroline. “The Sisters really consider themselves to be the mother to mothers of unborn children, and we have different houses in Manhattan where we walk with these women through their pregnancies, just loving them and letting them come and live with us as our guests. Our community is a contemplative, active community, so it’s important to us that the main way we build up the culture of life as Sisters of Life is through our prayer and our fasting, and that that is where all of the love and all of the energy that we put into our apostolate comes from.”

With her final vows made, Sr. Caroline is now the college’s fifty-first alumnae sister. The news comes on the heels of numerous other religious vocations this summer, including Sister Kathleen Deighan making her first vows with the Salesian Sisters and three alumni being ordained to the priesthood: Fr. Philip Briggs ’13, Fr. John (Thomas) Francis ’09, and Fr. Dominic Winter ’18.

In total, Christendom currently has 103 priests, 53 sisters, 5 brothers, 2 transitional deacons, 1 permanent deacon, 2 consecrated virgins and 11 men currently studying for the priesthood, along with 540 alumna-to-alumnus marriages.

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