On Sunday, April 24, during II Vespers of the Octave Sunday of Easter, Sister Margaret Siffert, OSB, made her Perpetual Monastic Profession. Joining the monastic community for the occasion were Oblates of Sacred Heart Monastery, Abbot Marcus and Monks of St. Bernard Abbey, and friends of the monastic community. Family members were present via Zoom.
Sister Margaret’s profession was received by Sister Lynn Elisabeth Meadows, OSB, Prioress. Sister Magdalena Craig, OSB, Novice Director, and Sister Janet Marie Flemming, OSB, Scholastic Director served as witnesses to the signing of her vow document.
Her monastic community rejoices with Sister Margaret, welcoming her amongst them as a perpetually professed member of the Benedictine Sisters of Cullman, Alabama.
Sister Margaret awaits the beginning of Vespers, with her candle ready and her vow document prepared for her to sign on the altar.
Sister Lynn Elisabeth reads scripture.
Sister Lynn Elisabeth obtains a light from the Paschal Candle by which to light Sister Margaret's candle.
Sister Lynn Elisabeth queries Sister Margaret as to her resolve to live the promises of Monastic Profession.
Sister Margaret reads her vows before the assembly prior to signing them on the altar.
Sister Margaret signs her vows upon the altar as Sister Lynn Elisabeth, Sister Magdalena, and Sister Janet Marie (not seen in photo) witness.
Sister Margaret is clad in the black cuculla of the perpetually professed by Sister Janet Marie, Scholastic Director (l), and Sister Lynn Elisabeth, Prioress
Sister Lynn Elisabeth prays the Prayer of Consecration over Sister Margaret.
The ring, a sign of her perpetual profession, is placed.
A video of the Profession ritual may be viewed here.