She entered June 12th, 2011. I believe there are several reasons why it was postponed a bit, but especially because of all the events that took place there this Summer. First, she was given permission to leave the enclosure for a few days to take care of unfinished business before she began her novitiate. She signed onto PM at that time briefly in July and I happened to see her!
So glad I did! She changed her profile a bit which some of you may have noticed, http://www.phatmass....coli-fiori-jmj/
Again she was not in the enclosure then. They do not have internet there.
But I believe the main reason for the timing was especially because there were big preparations this year for the Feast of their Holy Mother St. Clare, August 11th. This year 2011 - 2012 was the 800th centenary of St. Clare's entrance to religious life. The "Year of St. Clare"
was officially April 16, 2011 (Palm Sunday, the day she entered) - August 11, 2012 (her feast day)http://www.zenit.org...34557?l=englishhttp://www.ofm.org/o...?p=1301&lang=enhttp://www.ofm.org/o...?p=1155&lang=enhttp://www.poorclarestmd.org/
At Rockford they did many special things to celebrate this. All over the monastery were little displays about the life of St. Clare, and their life too. It was wonderful to see! And they set this up a little earlier actually for the St. Therese camp
. I have been to that camp before and they did not have all the displays that had this time. And that Poor Clare cardboard cut out... she told me about that in her letter, but she didn't mention who made it. Well the ladies that help there at the monastery told me that she made it herself!!
She's such an artist! And it had a place at the bottom where you could fit your barefeet through!
Then on August 11th there was a Solemn Mass with Bishop Molloy and a big reception for St. Clare's feast and the end of the Year of St. Clare. And just looking this up online now I see that Mother Dominica was on the radio a couple days later
. Her Reverence (using Carmelite terms here, I'm not sure if they do the same) was elected Abbess Fall 2011. Mother Mary Regina had been Abbess for three three year terms, twelve years, which is the limit. Mother Dominica told me she told now Sr. Mary Regina that she can have the job back after three years! :j also she was very surprised that she was elected, she said when one of the Sisters suggested it to her "oh, the Sisters wouldn't be that foolish"
So anyway, I think all of these events were the reason why her clothing was a little later .. and to have it on a special feast like Our Lady's birthday
Edited by Chiquitunga, 09 September 2012 - 01:44 PM.