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First and Final Profession of Vows and Reception into the Novitiate of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George August 14, 2015 St. Mary’s Parish Alton, Illinois † Most Reverend Thomas John Paprocki Bishop of Springfield in Illinois My brother Bishops, Reverend Fathers and Deacons, Mother Maximilia, consecrated men and women, dear brothers and sisters in Christ: it is good that we are here for this special celebration during which three new sisters have been received into the Novitiate for the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George. In just a few minutes, we will witness the first profession of four sisters, followed by the final profession of three sisters to this community. Before leaving Springfield this morning for the drive to Alton, I was eating breakfast and glancing at the newspaper when this headline caught my eye: “What Motivates a Modern Nun.” I thought, I’d better read this article! It is very timely for our celebration today, so I would like to read som...