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placeholder  September 7, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO. 15   •   Oakland, CA
Year of Consecrated Life

From left, Sister Mary-Han Nguyen, OP; Sister Gloria Marie Jones, OP, prioress; and Sister Mary Yuen, OP.

Two sisters make final vows at Dominican Motherhouse

It was a choir of Dominican Sisters rather than angels that raised its voices, guitars and assorted percussion instruments in celebration as Sisters Mary-Han Nguyen, OP, and Mary Yun, OP, took their final vows in the Rite of Perpetual Profession in the chapel at the Motherhouse at Mission San Jose on Aug. 8. The Most Rev. Michael C. Barber, SJ, presided.


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"How wonderful to have the chapel filled to the brim," said Sister Diane Bridenbecker, OP, in her opening remarks. The assembly filled every seat on the chapel's main floor and the balcony and included Sisters, the families of both Sister Mary-Han and Sister Mary, and friends such as a group of approximately 30 parishioners from San Gabriel Mission in San Gabriel, where Sister Mary-Han previously served as director of religious education. "We are so proud and so grateful."

For the Dominican Sisters, the celebration was two-fold as the profession took place on the Feast of St. Dominic, which also holds special meaning for Bishop Barber: "Every Jesuit owes a debt of gratitude to St. Dominic because when the soldier Ignatius Loyola was wounded in battle, he was recovering and he asked for reading material and the life of St. Dominic was brought to him and the life of St. Francis and after he read that, he said 'I want to be like them' and that was the moment of his conversion. And so, thank you because a lot of my vocation depends on you and yours."

In his homily, Bishop Barber quoted St. Catherine of Siena who compared Dominican Sisters receiving Christ to an overflowing fountain and expanded on her theme: "The Lord's love cannot be contained. It keeps being poured out on the world and through the Church and especially through those who have consecrated their lives to Christ as you Sisters — you two — are doing today." He went on to thank them on behalf of the people of the Diocese of Oakland for responding to God's call and charged them with helping to create a place where people can experience the love of God through their witness and their work.

The rite itself began with an invitation to perpetual profession followed by a solemn prostration during the Litany of the Saints. Each sister then professed her vows while kneeling in front of Sister Gloria Marie Jones, OP, the congregational prioress, with both parties holding a red leather book containing the Sisters' Constitutions, which, according to Sister Gloria Marie, define their values, practices and commitment to each other. Sister Mary-Han and Sister Mary then signed a separate book in which each had written her vows.

Sister Mary-Han and Sister Mary each received a ring as a symbol of her religious consecration and to proclaim her commitment to live Christ Jesus and spend her life in service to God's people. They received blessings from the bishop, their Sisters, and the assembly at large.

In closing, Sister Gloria Marie thanked everyone for sharing in their special day: "For all of the love and the prayer and the music that has filled our sacred space today, it is a blessing for us and I know that it will continue to reverberate through our hearts and this space."

Sister Mary-Han will become Director of Religious Education at San Antonio de Padua in Anaheim Hills. Sister Mary is a social worker by training and will continue volunteering with Home Boys in Los Angeles as she begins her new assignment as vocations director.

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