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Sister Sheena Professes Perpetual Vows

The Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace (CSJP) welcomed Sister Sheena George into full membership on September 9, 2017.  Sister Sheena professed final vows of poverty, celibacy and obedience during a Eucharistic Liturgy held at St. Michael Villa, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

In the presence of all gathered Sister Sheena stated, “My hope is to continue to consciously commit to prayer, to a life of nonviolence, to stand in solidarity with our sisters and associates as we strive toward justice for persons pushed to the margins of society, and to deepen my commitment to care for God’s creation.”

Sister Sheena will graduate from Fordham University in December with a degree in Theology.  After spending three weeks in Calais, France last August, she is pursuing a passionate desire to develop a House of Hospitality in Jersey City, NJ. In addition, she will join the pastoral care team of Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, NJ as a Hospital Chaplain.

Born in 1974 in the state of Kerala, India, Sheena is the seventh child of 9 siblings.  In 2002, she moved to the United States where she engaged in opportunities to be with God’s people through teaching technology and religion in elementary and middle schools. When offered a chance to acquire a Chaplaincy Certificate at Upstate Medical University, NY, a subsequent experience of chaplaincy turned out to be a watershed moment resulting in a new calling to become a hospital chaplain.  Choosing to follow that call, Sheena began a search for a religious community, one that that eventually led to the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace.

In April 2013, Sister Sheena joined the Congregation novitiate in London for an extended period of prayer, study and ministry formation.  While there she ministered with people emerging from homelessness, domestic violence and human trafficking. Upon return to the US, she professed first vows on September 6, 2014, followed by three months in Milot, Haiti alongside two sisters ministering there since 2009. In 2014 Sheena became a United States Citizen.

“Formation is a life-long process as Sisters participate in the mission of Jesus Christ through the vowed life,” said Sister Coralie Muzzy, Congregation Formation Director.  “As a perpetually professed, Sister Sheena will respond to this opportunity daily by the continued integration of her prayer life, community life, and ministry.”

Sisters and associates of the Congregation joined with members of Sister Sheena's family and friends for the Eucharistic Liturgy and luncheon reception.  While Sister Sheena's parents were unable to join us in person, her family was well represented by family members living in Tanzania, Canada, and North Carolina.  We were also delighted to be joined by sisters from the other two CSJP regions in Washington State and the United Kingdom for this joyful day in the history of our Congregation.  Sister Sheena's novice director, Sister Alexine Anderson, came from London just for the occasion.

The motto chosen by Sister Sheena for her profession liturgy was: To be God's hands, feet, and voice in the world.  

Thanks to Peter Pieroni for some of the photos.

Watch the video of the profession ceremony:

 

Watch the video of the entire ceremony here.

Sister Sheena Professes Perpetual Vows

"We must be signs of hope and healing in the midst of the cultural reality in which we find ourselves."

Ann Rutan, CSJP