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Feast of St. Francis: Vespers and Renewal of Associate Commitment and Sisters' Vows

Pictured above, left to right: Associates Mary Bednar, Nancy Recko, Sally Smith, Lynne Sempruch, and Jeanne Boros renew their commitment for one year.

Sisters and associates gathered at Marymount Congregational Home in Garfield Heights, Ohio for a solemn celebration of Vespers on October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. After praying the psalms and listening to the readings and reflections, five associates from the Ohio area renewed their commitment. Sisters present renewed their vows. An ice cream social followed.


Each associate received a candle and blessing from a sister/sponsor. Here, Sister Judith Wood reads the blessing for Mary Bednar.


Sister Anne Maslanka presents a lighted candle and reads the blessings for Nancy Recko while Sally Smith looks on.

Above: Sisters stand to renew their vows. Left to right: Sisters Joyce Hollkamp, Theresa Marie Slonina, Jean Ehasz, Rose Karecki, Dorothy Ann Krolikowski, Joyce Soukup, Lorraine Durkalski, and Joan of Arc Majkrzak.


Associates Sally Smith, Lynne Sempruch, and Nancy Recko sign their commitment forms.


Sally Smith observes Jeanne Boros who signs her commitment form.

Above: Associates pause for a picture after renewing their commitment with the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis before joining the sisters for an ice cream social. Pictured left to right are: Sally Smith, Nancy Recko, Lynne Sempruch, Mary Bednar, and Jeanne Boros.

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