THE Carmelite community in Ormiston welcomed Sr Catherine Ann Therese as its newest definitive member on January 11.
After more than six-and-a-half years of prayer and discernment, Sr Catherine Ann made her profession of solemn vows, entering into a full commitment to the Discalced Carmelite order.
The former Broken Bay diocese youth minister was overjoyed about finally becoming a Bride of Christ.
“It’s my wedding day,” Sr Catherine Ann said.
She now walks in the footsteps of fellow Discalced Carmelites Sisters St Therese of Lisieux, St Teresa Benedict of the Cross, the order’s foundress St Teresa of Avila, as well as her community of sisters of Ormiston and around the world.
Adding to Sr Catherine Ann’s religious name is the title, “The Compassion of Christ” which for her speaks of the deeply touching “unconditional, never-ending, Trinitarian love God has for each one of us”.
“My prayer is for the whole world to know the compassion of Christ so they may respond to His love and share it with others,” Sr Catherine Ann said.
Broken Bay Bishop Emeritus David Walker, whose resignation was announced on November 13 last year, celebrated the Mass.
Discalced Carmelite regional vicar Fr Aloysius Rego, along with Carmelite Father Frank Shortis, Jesuit Father John Reilly, and Brisbane archdiocesan priests Fr Paul Rooney and Fr Frank Jones concelebrated.
Friends and family gathered after the Mass to celebrate with Sr Catherine Ann.