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Holy Names Sister Susan Wells professes final vows
the Inland Register
(From the Jan. 17, 2008 edition of the Inland Register)
Holy Names Sister Susan Wells is blessed by Father José Pepe Reyes Cedillo of the Operarios del Reina de Cristo. (IR photo from the Sisters of the Holy Names)
Holy Names Sister Susan Wells, whose ministry experiences have taken her to Spokane, Toppenish and Wapato, professed her final vows last month at Our Lady of Hope Church in San Bernardino, Calif., where she is a pastoral associate.
More than 100 Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, U.S.-Ontario Province joined some 300 members of the parish community in San Bernardino for the bilingual liturgy and vows ceremony.
In her reflections during the Mass, Sister Susan said: “So often, people have said to me, ‘How could you give up so much?’ But my response is that I have not given up so much, rather I have been given so much. The vows, indeed my life consecrated to God, have given me more freedom that I could ever imagine. Freedom to love fully, share freely and listen with the ear of the heart to all that God desires for me, for my congregation, and for the world.”
Sister Susan entered the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in 2000 and volunteered in projects promoting cultural diversity on the Gonzaga University campus. She made her first profession of temporary vows in December 2002.
Before entering Religious life she worked for 15 years as a member of the Washington State Patrol in Olympia, where she was responsible for enforcement of state and federal regulations involving the trucking industry. She also worked for a year with the Washington State Department of Revenue in Bothell.
She completed her MA in pastoral studies from Seattle University in 2003. In 2002 and 2003 she also was the Director of Marie-Rose House, a neighborhood outreach ministry sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Names, serving the immigrant farm workers and Native Americans in the Diocese of Yakima. As part of her “mission novice” experience, she spent half a year as a special projects coordinator at Heritage College in Toppenish, Wash.
The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary is an international religious community founded in 1843 by Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher in Quebec, Canada. The Sisters and Associates serve in a variety of ministries, including: parishes, schools, social justice ministries, hospitals and universities.
(For more information about the Sisters of the Holy Names, contact Sister Anne Bosserman, SNJM, at 509-328-7470, x 123 or visit the web site, www.holynamesvocations.org.)