On Saturday, June 1, we welcomed an international group of six new Little Sisters into the Congregation as they professed vows of chastity, poverty, obedience and hospitality. The Profession Mass was presided by His Eminence Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, who told the young Sisters that they are the heart beat of the Sacred Heart, bringing tenderness to the elderly they will serve. Pictured with the Cardinal after the ceremony at St. Ann’s Novitiate are (l to r) Sr. Malia Cecilia, a native of Tonga, an island kingdom in the Pacific; Sr. Mary Gerard of the Cross; a native of Syracuse, NY; Sr Mairéad Regina, from Tralee, Ireland; Sr Elizabeth Mary de la Croix, originally from St Louis, MO; Sr. Sharon of the Sacred Heart, from Queens, NY; and Sr. Malia Makalita, also from Tonga. The new Sisters will be serving in Sydney, Australia; San Pedro, CA; Waterford, Ireland; San Francisco, CA; Pittsburgh, PA; and Totowa, NJ respectively.




The day before five postulants entered the novitiate to begin two years of formation in Queens. Pictured here with Cardinal Dolan and the newly professed at the far left are Sr. Mary Matthew of the Cross, from Florida; Sr. Maria of the Cross, from Montana and Sr. Jessica Marie, from Boston. At the far right are Sr. Rachael du Bon Pasteur, from the state of Washington and Sr. Mercy Marie, from Connecticut.