Courtesy photosClockwise from top left, the Sisters, Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary; the Kelly family of Harvard; and Erin Kelly, now known as
Courtesy photos Clockwise from top left, the Sisters, Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary; the Kelly family of Harvard; and Erin Kelly, now known as Sister Marie-Celine, center, prepares to cut a cake to celebrate the occasion. On her right is Clair Sonnier, of Batesville, Ark., who became a postulant.

HARVARD -- Erin Kelly, a resident of Harvard, took the white veil of a Novice in the Community of the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Still River on Aug. 15.

This step toward final Profession was preceded by six months as a postulant with the Sisters. Now, two years of prayer, study and work will lead Erin, now known as Sister Marie-Celine, toward her profession of temporary vows, a state that will last three years until her final profession.

At the same ceremony, Clair Sonnier, from Batesville, Arkansas, became a postulant; taking the first step to becoming a Slave of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Family and friends filled the Chapel of Saint Benedict Center to capacity, and celebrated afterward in the dining hall.

The community lives a life of True Devotion to Mary, a spirituality of consecration put forth in the writings of Saint Louis Marie de Montfort.