Two Women Advance in Children of Mary

[Article from Catholic Times, 051312]

Sister Agnus ImmaculaeSister Marianne

On March 26, the Feast of the Annunciation, Sister Marianna received the holy habit of the Children of Mary, and Sister Agnes Immaculae made her first profession and received her new name. Fathers Ty Tomson, Kevin Lutz, and Ryan Schmit offered a Solemn High Mass, with Fathers Boettcher, Walter, Klee, Roach, Stanton, Harrington, and White in attendance.

Sister Marianna is from Pittsburgh. She grew up in a very Catholic home as an only child. She always wanted to be a religious sister but knew that the Lord wanted her to care for her parents. She worked as a secretary for 30 years and was blessed with an early retirement to care for her parents. After the death of her parents, she found the Children of Mary on a private retreat and entered on April 29, 2011.

Sister Agnes Immaculae is from Massachusetts and converted to Catholicism at age 19. She went to college at the University of Massachusetts and graduated with a bachelorís degree in dance and psychology. After college, she moved to Columbus and was involved with St. Paulís Outreach. She worked at OSUís Dodd Hall with brain injury patients and danced professionally with a local modern dance company. On a private retreat with the Children of Mary in November 2009, she heard the call to religious life, and she was able to enter on June 5, 2010.