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.