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Idaho Benedictine makes perpetual profession
the Inland Register
(From the October 20, 2011 edition of the Inland Register)
Benedictine Sister Cynthia Schultz is surrounded by Prioress Sister Clarissa Goeckner, House Coordinator Sister Mary Geis, and Sub-Prioress Sister Bernadette Stang. (IR photo courtesy of the Monastery of St. Gertrude)
In an age-old ceremony, Sister Cynthia Louise Schultz made her perpetual monastic profession on July 30 in the chapel of the Bene-dictine Sisters’ Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood, Idaho.
Surrounded by family, friends and the Sisters of St. Gertrude, Sister Cynthia pledged lifelong commitment to the monastic way of life with community, stability and obedience, according to the Rule of St. Benedict.
The community responded with their promise of acceptance and support. This reciprocal promise was further ritualized in the alternate singing of the “Suscipe,” which emphasizes hope in God’s promise of fidelity and support:
“Receive me, O Lord, as you have promised, that I may live, and disappoint me not in my hope. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be world without end. Amen.”
While prostrate near the altar, Sister Cynthia was covered with the Resurrection Pall. The monastic Community sang a Litany of Blessings and pronounced a Solemn Blessing over her. After being uncovered and rising to her feet, Cynthia received a golden ring that was blest by Benedictine Father Meinrad Schallberger and presented by Sister Clarissa Goeckner, the monastery’s prioress, as “the seal of your faith in Christ and the sign of your vocation in this community.” Then as a closing of the beautiful and symbolic ceremony everyone – friends, family, well-wishers and Sisters – enjoyed a reception in the dining room.