Norfolk Sisters make First Profession and renew vows

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Norfolk Sisters make First Profession and renew vows

Two Sisters from the Norfolk-based Daughters of Divine Charity have made their First Profession and two more renewed their vows during a Mass in Chesterfield.

Sr Renata Pivarnikova and Sr Michaela Switaj renewed their vows in front of the Sisters and some parishioners during Mass in St Joseph’s Convent in Chesterfield on August 24 and are now Junior Sisters.

The next day, Sr Anna Yeo and Sr Mary Goncalves made their First Profession at the Church of Annunciation in Chesterfield. Parish priest, Fr Adrian Tomlinson, celebrated the Mass in the presence of the Bishop of Hallam, Bishop Ralph Heskett. The congregation consisted of the Sisters of the Province, family and friends of Sr Anna and Sr Mary as well as many parishioners.

Sr Anna Yeo said: “It was a very beautiful ceremony and it was the first time for many of the parishioners to witness a Profession of a Religious Sister. It brought tears to the eyes of many who were present.

“Sr Mary and I are very grateful for the presence of all our loved ones during our First Profession. We have been very blessed throughout our formation with the guidance of our Mistress, Sr Linda Pergega and all the Sisters in our Province. It has been quite a journey for us but with God’s grace, He has guided us to this day. We humbly ask for everyone’s prayers as we begin our next stage of our religious journey. All for God, for the poor and for our Congregation!”

A reception was held after Mass at the parish hall. All Priests, Sisters, family and close friends of Sr Anna and Sr Mary were invited for lunch at St Joseph’s Convent.

The Sacred Heart Province in England also welcomed two new candidates. Jolanta Wasag and Niamh Rodda to start their journey of discerning their call to religious life.

Pictured above are the Sisters during the Mass in Chesterfield.