On the evening of July 29, 2018, Joann Caramanico was welcomed into the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph during the Rite of Initiation Ceremony.
The Motherhouse Community, sisters Joann lived with at Our Mother of Consolation Convent and Annunciation House, and sisters with whom she shared ministry, gathered in prayer to welcome Joann as she begins this next stage of her journey.
As the prayer began
Sister Eileen Marnien SSJ
addressed Joann. “Joann, everyone gathered here this evening and all of our sisters in the Congregation, especially our sisters at the Villa, promise to hold you in our hearts and to remember you in our prayer as you begin your novitiate.”
Sister Anne Myers SSJ
, Congregational President, based her reflection on
Matthew 17: 1-8 The Transfiguration of Jesus
.“As Joann begins her novitiate, God continues to reach out to her, tenderly calling her beloved, and helping her to discern God’s plan for her life. Our Constitutions (#111) say, 'Each vocation is a unique mystery.' Tonight, we stand before this mystery and pray for Joann’s open courageous heart in faithfully responding to God.
Like the apostles, Joann is being led up to the mountain with Jesus, in the good company of 5 Federation novices. For while each call is unique, as Sisters of Saint Joseph, we live out this call with our sisters in community.
Joann, thank you for the opportunity you give to each of us tonight, to renew our gratitude to God for our own vocations. We are reminded to stay attentive to God’s direction in our lives, as “each day, as we make a new beginning in this Little Institute (Constitutions #226).
May we all
be still, listen, and gaze
at the One who touches us and says,
this is my beloved