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Sisters of Charity
Vows
Sisters of Charity

Vows

By our religious profession, we place our lives into the hands of the Church which receives our profession for the glory of God and the service of the poor. ~ Holy Rule

Come Bride of Christ was composed by Sister Mary Patrick, SCMC, the music director of our Congregation.  We sing it during the offertory of every Profession Mass and at special Jubilee Masses.  It can also be found on our CD, Heart of God.

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Chastity

By her vow of chastity, a Sister consecrates herself body and soul to God in a total surrender of love. This preferential love of God is an exceptional gift of grace that transcends human affection and proclaims to the world the existence of realities beyond the present one.

Poverty

By her vow of poverty, following in the footsteps of Christ, a Sister professes to live a life that is poor in fact and in spirit. It is a life of labor lived in moderation and simplicity, rejecting the lure of earthly riches, a life that proclaims to the world that God is the one thing necessary.

Obedience

Obedience is an entire sacrifice of self which a Sister freely undertakes in a true spirit of faith and love. A Sister voluntarily forsakes her own will and surrenders herself to God’s Will, which is manifested to her, in a special way, by her superiors.

Works of Charity

Convinced of the importance of apostolic action, our Founder, Monsignor John Zwijsen, included in the profession of the members of his Congregation, a fourth vow having as its object continual availability. We devote ourselves to the works of charity proper to the aim of the Congregation.