We celebrate Nunday today with Sisters Rosina Pham and Alison Green of the Sisters of Saint Mary of Oregon (SSMO). The sisters recently professed vows, continuing their fabulous journey of religious life. Our thanks to Sister Alison and her nuns for the blog post and photo.
Three vows, two Sisters, one ceremony. On August 15, 2012 (the Feast of the Assumption) Sisters Rosina Pham and Alison Green both professed vows as Sisters of Saint Mary of Oregon. Sister Rosina made vows for the first time, trading in her white novice veil for the black veil, and receiving a gold ring as a symbol of her fidelity to our loving God. Sister Alison, already a temporary professed Sister, renewed her vows for another three years, and is waiting in joyful hope to make her final vows on this same day in 2015.
Traditionally, the first vows ceremony is a public event while the renewal of vows ceremony is held at a private ceremony. Staying true to the community’s spirit of simplicity, the Sisters combined these ceremonies into one. This took some degree of creativity to keep the ceremony uniform, yet unique to each Sister. For example, while both Sisters wore matching garb, they each wore a corsage in the color of their choice (pink and purple respectively).
Both Sisters are delighted to continue their spiritual journeys in the consecrated life. This community is characterized by simplicity, Sisterly love, compassion, joy, and service; and it is distinguished as the only religious community founded in the state of Oregon. Sister Rosina is continuing her education, ministers to English language learners, and is seeking to minister in social work as well. Sister Alison teaches middle school religion courses, and she volunteers her time in vocation, social justice, and youth ministries.
Congratulations, Sisters! T
To see all the NUNDAY stories of Catholic sisters and nuns we’ve posted, visit NUNDAY at aNunsLife.org.
September 17, 2012 at 8:55 am
Thanks for this post! SSMO ministers in the area where I grew up, and they are a wonderful presence in the community.