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SISTERS OF MERCY • WEST MIDWEST COMMUNITY • SUMMER 2012 Sister Marie Angele Professes Final Vows with Joy “Desiring to dedicate myself forever to the service of God’s people, I ask to profess perpetual vows in this Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.” With these words spoken on June 2, Sister Marie Angele began the formal rite of perpetual profession that was the culmination of her years of discernment, education, ministry, living in Mercy Community and first vows. The ceremony was held at Our Lady of Mercy Chapel at College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Neb. Sister Marie first felt God tugging at her heart while a student at Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School in Omaha. But it would take 21 years and several more tugs before she answered God’s call and entered the Sisters of Mercy in 2003. After high school, she earned her bachelor of art degree in dramatic arts from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1985 and a master of fine arts in theatre at the University of Iowa in 1988. Following five years of work in a faith-based social service agency administering an arts program for the economically poor, Marie felt called to ministry in the Catholic Church. She accepted a position at Christ the King Catholic Church in Omaha serving as the director of youth and young adult ministry from 1994 to 1999. She received a certificate in youth ministry from the Archdiocese of Omaha and the Center for Ministry Development in 1998. God tugged again during a return trip from the National Catholic Youth Conference where she accompanied a group of teenagers from the parish. One of the young women worked her way to the front of the van and asked: “Have you ever thought about being a nun?” When the answer was yes, the young woman continued, “When did you stop thinking about it?” Sister Marie replied, “I don’t think I have.” 20-Year-Friendship A Treasure Page 3 Knowles Mercy Spirituality Center Celebrates 25 years Page 5 Sister Marie Angele professes final vows with Sisters Diane Davidson, Pat McDermott, Judith Frikker and Patrica Forret witnessing. “I said it without even thinking about it,” Sister Marie said. While she didn’t ignore the message, it wasn’t until the next year at an Archdiocesan Youth Rally that the idea of exploring her calling came up again. “I talked with a Servite Sister about my past experience and she encouraged me to come and find out more,” Sister Marie said. She also began inquiring with a Mercy vocation minister. While she explored various congregations, she felt a “yearning” to be with the Sisters of Mercy. (continued on page 4) Gathering 2012: A Time to Connect, Hear Ideas, Explore the Future They came to pray, connect with each other, hear inspiring presentations and continue a communitywide discussion of the future. Gathering 2012 – Celebrating Who We Are and Who We Are Becoming - brought 400 sisters, associates and companions from across the West Midwest Community to Detroit, Mich., from June 21-25. (continued on page 5) Scholarship Fund Honors Sister Mary Ann Scofield Page 24

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