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Sister Laura Nettles professes final vows
the Inland Register
(From the June 20, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)
Sister Celesta Day of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (right)) presents the congregation ring to Sister Laura Nettles. (IR photo courtesy of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration)
Sister Laura Nettles of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration celebrated her final profession of vows as a member of her Religious community on Saturday, May 25.
Sister Laura is a native of Los Alamos, N.M. Her parents, Ed and Carol Nettles, are members of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Cheney, Wash.
She received an M.A. from both St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, N.Y., and the Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, Ill. She earned a B.A. in music education from the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo., and currently serves as an assistant professor in religious studies at Viterbo University, La Crosse, Wis.
“To this day, the Franciscan tradition continues to emphasize the unique revelation of God in each person, in every culture and in all creatures, and fosters special concern for those on the margins of society. As a vowed Franciscan, this is my inheritance and my life calling,” she said.
During her nine-year journey toward final vows, Sister Laura participated in the Common Franciscan Novitiate in Joliet, Ill., where she spent time in classroom instruction on the vows and Franciscan studies. Her ministry at that time was at the Will County Jail, where she tutored inmates in preparation for their GED tests.
During her apostolic novitiate she spent the fall in New York City, where she volunteered with City Harvest (a food rescue and distribution center), a homeless shelter, and Franciscans International.
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