Tuesday, January 11, 2011
The sign of a woman’s true strength is not a measure of independence or success, but rather her persevering love.
Just ask Sister Mary Christiana of Our Eucharistic King, who recently made her final solemn profession as a member of the Poor Clare nuns.
A native of Ste. Genevieve, the 25-year-old made her final profession at a Mass Jan. 1, the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God, after six years of formation with the cloistered, contemplative Franciscan community of women religious located in South County, off Telegraph Road.
At that moment, Sister Mary Christiana left behind everything she had — including a culture that encourages women to be independent, successful individuals — and professed for the rest of her life the four vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and enclosure, so that she might live the Gospel in entire poverty, just as Christ did. It was exactly as St Clare did when she founded the community almost 800 years ago in Assisi, Italy.
Born Camille Marie Schwent, the 2004 graduate of Ste. Genevieve High School, began considering a religious vocation in high school, after her mom became involved as a youth minister through their parish, St. Agnes in Bloomsdale, and began taking her daughter to various activities.