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Spokane Franciscan Sister professes final vows
the Inland Register
(From the Aug. 24, 2006 edition of the Inland Register)
Sister Theresa Marie Lamkin of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia professed her final vows Aug. 6 during a liturgy celebrated at Sacred Heart Church, Tillamook, Ore.
Sister Theresa ministers at Transitions, which provides housing and support services for women and children in Spokane. Transitions is a cooperative ministry between several communities of women Religious.
She was born in Portland and holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in elementary education from the University of Portland. She is the daughter of John and Kerma Lamkin of Tillamook.
Sister Theresa professed her first vows in August 2001.
For Sister Theresa, ministry means service, a way of living out the Franciscan values she has professed. She described her ministry at Transitions as a “privilege” which “allows people to see who we are as sisters, to downplay stereotypes, and to be in mutual relationships.”
On Aug. 10, the Sisters of St. Francis gathered on the East Coast to celebrate those members who were either renewing vows or making final vows. Sister Patricia Kerezsi, who made first profession in 2005, renewed her vows in Our Lady of Angels Chapel, located in the congregation’s motherhouse in Aston, Pa. Sister Patricia currently ministers at St. Joseph Family Center in Spokane.