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If You Could Pick Your New Religious Name, What Would It Be?

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LaPetiteSoeur
Hildegard Marie
My hopeful community doesn't change names exactly; we have "Marie" or "Mary" or "Maria" added to our names. I knew a Sr Caritas. She changed her name back to Eleanor after VatII but everyone still called her Sr Cari. She was a really special sister.

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Kateri89
[quote name='ToJesusMyHeart' timestamp='1352859755' post='2509574']
Sr. Mary Catherine Gemma of the Crucifixion
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Totally off topic but how was the retreat with the Sisters of Life? I didn't get to go because my flight got cancelled (there was something wrong with the plane). Hope it went well :)

Now back to the original topic of the thread :bounce:

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OnlySunshine
[quote name='emmaberry101' timestamp='1352858160' post='2509559']
Like EmilyAnne, I really would like Mother to pick for me, assuming I make it that far. I am so glad I did not end up in a Carmel where you choose a name going in, because I will really treasure having a name given to me (again, assuming they don't kick me out before then!). This is for the same reason I like and value my birth name.. that it was chosen for me by my birth Mother (and dad :P) whom I love and respect. In the same way, I love and respect Mother Abbess, and the significance and beauty that any name may have for me personally will be far outshone by any name she chooses for me, just because she chose it for me through prayer. It's the same reason that most people who would not have picked their birth names for themselves generally don't legally change their name when they are of age. The name has value distinct from itself because of the ones who chose it for us.

Of course, this is assuming that it is alright to not submit any names-for all I know, the PCCs may require a list! And in some of the larger communities, this would be a large (probably too large) task for the Superior, so it makes perfect sense to ponder and submit religious names.

Sorry for waxing on. [color=#282828][img]http://www.phatmass.com/phorum/public/style_emoticons/default/blush.gif[/img][/color][color=#282828] [/color]
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I sometimes really wish that my hopeful future order would choose the religious names for their Sisters. But each and every Sister is allowed to choose her own religious name or keep her birth name and add "Sr." to it. There are so many beautiful saints out there that I would love to be named after. If I ever get to the point of choosing a name, I'm going to have to really pray about it and see what the Holy Spirit says. I may even have to put the names I like in a bowl and then choose one at random after asking the Holy Spirit's guidance. ;)

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nunsense
[quote name='MaterMisericordiae' timestamp='1352865224' post='2509659']

I sometimes really wish that my hopeful future order would choose the religious names for their Sisters. But each and every Sister is allowed to choose her own religious name or keep her birth name and add "Sr." to it. There are so many beautiful saints out there that I would love to be named after. If I ever get to the point of choosing a name, I'm going to have to really pray about it and see what the Holy Spirit says. I may even have to put the names I like in a bowl and then choose one at random after asking the Holy Spirit's guidance. ;)
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My situation is interesting. When I was first accepted to Wolverhampton Carmel back in 2007, I was living in Singapore. Mother Prioress sent me an email asking that I take the name Teresa of Jesus upon entrance. I was a little overwhelmed since I didn't feel equal to that name since both Our Holy Mother St Teresa of Avila and St Teresa of the Andes had that name and title but of course I accepted her choice. Then when I went to other Carmels, I chose the name Sister Michael because I still didn't feel equal to the name Teresa and I have a great devotion to St Michael. But this time, when Mother asked me what name I would be using, she asked if I wanted to keep my own name, as many Carmelites are doing these days, or to choose something else. I told her that I wanted Teresa in honour of Our Holy Mother (and because the sisters all knew me as this name from before) and 'of the Cross' in honour of St John of the Cross, Our Holy Father. She was worried because there is a superstition in Carmel that those who take 'of the Cross' will leave. She prayed about it and said that after all, it is only a superstition, and because I was doing it to honour our great saints, she agreed. It isn't easy to choose one's own name (so many wonderful possibilities) so I understand the desire to let someone else decide, but this time I didn't have any doubts about the name - I felt as if God chose it for me. I don't feel like a 'Teresa' but that's ok, I hope that I grow into the name over time, and since she and John are my favourite Carmelite saints, what else could I do? :)

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OnlySunshine
[quote name='nunsense' timestamp='1352866207' post='2509665']
My situation is interesting. When I was first accepted to Wolverhampton Carmel back in 2007, I was living in Singapore. Mother Prioress sent me an email asking that I take the name Teresa of Jesus upon entrance. I was a little overwhelmed since I didn't feel equal to that name since both Our Holy Mother St Teresa of Avila and St Teresa of the Andes had that name and title but of course I accepted her choice. Then when I went to other Carmels, I chose the name Sister Michael because I still didn't feel equal to the name Teresa and I have a great devotion to St Michael. But this time, when Mother asked me what name I would be using, she asked if I wanted to keep my own name, as many Carmelites are doing these days, or to choose something else. I told her that I wanted Teresa in honour of Our Holy Mother (and because the sisters all knew me as this name from before) and 'of the Cross' in honour of St John of the Cross, Our Holy Father. She was worried because there is a superstition in Carmel that those who take 'of the Cross' will leave. She prayed about it and said that after all, it is only a superstition, and because I was doing it to honour our great saints, she agreed. It isn't easy to choose one's own name (so many wonderful possibilities) so I understand the desire to let someone else decide, but this time I didn't have any doubts about the name - I felt as if God chose it for me. I don't feel like a 'Teresa' but that's ok, I hope that I grow into the name over time, and since she and John are my favourite Carmelite saints, what else could I do? :)
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That's really neat! Thanks for sharing! :)

I love hearing stories about how people get their religious names. I remember when Sr. Agnes of the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal told me how she got her name. The night before she was to be clothed in the habit, she had to settle on a name so she could tell Sr. Lucille before the ceremony would start. She had so many names in her head and was worried that she would not be able to settle on one. She prayed for the Holy Spirit's help before she went to bed and Sr. Lucille prayed that the postulants would receive a clear answer. Upon falling asleep, Sr. Agnes very clearly heard "Agnes" and dreamt about St. Agnes of Rome. She awoke and told Sr. Lucille which name and Sr. Lucille told her that she had heard the same name in her dream! She was going to ask for the name of Sr. Mary Agnes but wanted to honor St. Agnes since it was obviously what the Holy Spirit wanted. She was named Sr. Agnes Mary. :)

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Catholicterp7
Okay if I had to submit three right now it would be:
Sister Leonie Amata
Sister Solanus Regina and
Sister Peter John Marie.
If my community has titles I would love really any title to do with the Holy Wounds/Passion.

Others on my list are Amata Filia, Mary Emmanuel, John Vianney and Sarah Rose.
JMJ+ :heart:

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PhuturePriest
[quote name='PadrePioOfPietrelcino' timestamp='1352858272' post='2509560']
I won't be getting a new name unless I become Pope and the likelyhood of that leads me to not speculate.
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Psst... Totally go with Pope Miles I...

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nunsense
[quote name='dominicansoul' timestamp='1352867958' post='2509680']
Sr. Rosary Bede, O.P.
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Didn't Iggy claim that name when we made up the phatmass religious community, PPC (Phatmass Phemale Community)? Edited by nunsense

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dominicansoul
:lol: I'm not sure, I've joked about that name before here, but I actually suggested it to my Mother Superior (not seriously)... she just chuckled... :smile4:

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Gabriela
i am 100% positive we did this just a few months ago! (which, of course, is no reason not to do it again. i'm just sayin'...)

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nunsense
[quote name='dominicansoul' timestamp='1352868495' post='2509690']
yeah, its one of vocation stations favorite pasttimes :)
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Along with starting our own (imaginary) communities, nun's habits and ???

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DiscerningCatholic
[quote name='dominicansoul' timestamp='1352867958' post='2509680']
Sr. Rosary Bede, O.P.
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:) :hehe2: :lol4:

:think:

I wonder how Mother A. would feel if I put that on my list for religious names... :think2: Edited by DiscerningCatholic

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Cherie
Sr. Mary Christmas

Ok, seriously, though: since I love Christmas so much, I seriously considered Sr. Marie Noelle ...

But my choices were:
Sr. Faustina Marie
Sr. Marie Therese (ended up being the middle names of my daughter, Clare)
Sr. Mary Magdalene
I got Sr. Mary Faustina of Our Lady of Mercy


Ok, so I'm not discerning, but I do love names!

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DiscerningCatholic
Sr. Mary Christmas... LOLOLOLOLOL I love it!

I know a Sr. Mary Magdalene... :love: I miss her... :sad: And Marie Therese was the first part of St. Therese's name! :dance:

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