Dominicans professing include one from Oak Ridge

Five Dominican Sisters of the St. Cecilia Congregation made perpetual profession of vows recently. Pictured above are (from left, front row) Sister Casey Marie Loyer, Sister Mary Josephine Spellman, and Sister Scholastica Niemann; (second row) Sister Veronica Marie Buckmaster and Sister Magdalena Dudenhoeffer; and (third row) Bishop David R. Choby and Mother Ann Marie Karlovic, prioress general. Sister Scholastica is a former parishioner of St. Mary in Oak Ridge.

Five young women recently made their perpetual profession of the simple vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience as Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation in Nashville. Among those making final profession was Sister Scholastica Niemann, OP, a former member of St. Mary Parish in Oak Ridge.

Sister Scholastica is the daughter of Pat Niemann, who also attends St. Mary Parish. Her father, Bill Niemann, is deceased. Sister Scholastica is a graduate of Knoxville Catholic High School and attended the University of Dallas, where she received a bachelor of arts degree in Theology. Sister Scholastica is currently teaching at St. Cecilia Academy in Nashville.

The Mass for the Rite of Perpetual Religious Profession was celebrated at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Nashville. Nashville Bishop David R. Choby was the principal celebrant. The homilist was Father Vincent Wiseman, OP, of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph.

In addition to the sisters making final profession of vows, 13 young women professed their first vows in the Congregation of St. Cecilia recently.

The Congregation of Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia was established in Nashville in 1860. The Sisters of St. Cecilia are dedicated to the apostolate of Catholic education. The community of nearly 300 sisters serves in 35 schools throughout the United States, with mission houses also in Sydney, Australia; Vancouver, British Columbia; Bracciano, Italy; Elgin, Scotland; and Sittard, The Netherlands.

The St. Cecilia Motherhouse is located in Nashville. For more information on the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation, visit their website at ■

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